Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 8

TRAFFIC REPORT

SHORT LINE RAIL TRAFFIC
UP OVERALL IN 2017

The final week of 2017 reporting is in the books, and short line rail traffic
has posted some encouraging numbers.

* Overall, carload traffic is up 2.75
percent year over year (2017 vs. 2016).
* Coal, which has been a drag on
overall traffic for many months,
reported an end-of-year uptick of
4.75 percent.
* Stone, clay and aggregates posted
an impressive bump of more than
22 percent versus a year ago,
bolstered by three solid quarters of
construction start growth. In 2018,
continued growth is forecasted: 6.7
percent in residential, 1.9 percent
in non-residential building and 6.6
percent in heavy engineering/civil.*
* Waste and scrap materials and
petroleum and coke each posted more
than 5 percent annual gains.
* Chemicals and intermodal carloads,
each a significant percentage of
overall short line traffic, were virtually
flat versus 2016.

RailConnect Index of Short Line Traffic
CARLOADS HANDLED

2016

Coal

444,473

464,072

4.41%

Grain

777,362

758,713

-2.40%

321,817

313,135

-2.70%

Farm & Food (Exc. Grain)
Ores

91,083

76,109

-16.44%

Stone, Clay & Aggregates

751,715

918,014

22.12%

Lumber & Forest Products

324,486

321,622

-0.88%

Paper Products

380,257

377,689

-0.68%

Waste & Scrap Materials

237,893

252,440

6.11%

1,184,857

1,181,387

-0.29%

243,412

264,025

8.47%

Metals & Products

426,416

443,095

3.91%

Motor Vehicles & Equip.

190,454

194,576

2.16%

1,179,270

1,175,504

-0.32%

130,949

127,929

-2.31%

Chemicals
Petroleum & Coke

Intermodal
All Other

3.7% 1.9%

All Other

2016

17.2%

13.4%

2017 % CHANGE

6,684,444

6,868,310
Coal
2.75%
CHANGE

3.8%

Farm & Food (Excluding Grain)
Grain
Intermodal

6.8%

5.5%
1.1%

4.6%

2.8%
6.5%

11.0%
4.7%

Source: GE Transportation

Lumber & Forest Products
All Other

Metals & Products

Chemicals

Motor Vehicles & Equipment

Coal

Ores

Farm & Food (Excluding Grain)

Paper Products

Grain

Petroleum & Coke

Intermodal

Stone, Clay, Aggregates

Lumber & Forest Products

Waste & Scrap Materials

Metals & Products

17.1%

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2017

Chemicals

Motor Vehicles & Equipment
Ores
Paper Products

SHORT LINE CONNECTOR // WINTER 2018

Petroleum & Coke

*ConstructConnect Q4 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report

Stone, Clay, Aggregates

Waste & Scrap Materials



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Short Line Connector - Winter 2018

Keepin’ It Rail
Inside Track
Keeping Track
Welcome Aboard
Traffic Report
Trackside Chat
LOOKING AHEAD IN 2018
ASLRRA RELEASES STRATEGIC PLAN
READY FOR RECOVERY
MARKETING AWARD WINNER: PAN AM RAILWAYS
The Class Act
Legislative Log
Safety Central
Meet the Staff
Ad Index
In Transit
The Last Mile
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Cover1
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Cover2
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 1
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Keepin’ It Rail
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 3
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Inside Track
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Keeping Track
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Welcome Aboard
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 7
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Traffic Report
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 9
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Trackside Chat
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 11
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - LOOKING AHEAD IN 2018
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 13
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 14
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 15
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 16
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 17
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - ASLRRA RELEASES STRATEGIC PLAN
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 19
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 20
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 21
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - READY FOR RECOVERY
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 23
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 24
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - MARKETING AWARD WINNER: PAN AM RAILWAYS
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - The Class Act
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Legislative Log
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Safety Central
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - Ad Index
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - In Transit
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - 31
Short Line Connector - Winter 2018 - The Last Mile
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