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US weekly coal rail traffic falls 9.2% YOY, 4.6% YTD

Total U.S. coal rail traffic for the week ended May 25 fell 9.2% year over year to 76,971 carloads, according to data from the Association of American Railroads.

Year-to-date coal rail traffic declined 4.6% through the week, while total rail traffic for the week decreased 6.7% year over year to 527,966 carloads and intermodal units.

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BNSF Railway Co. coal shipment volumes clocked in at 33,587 carloads in the week ended May 25, decreasing 8.0% from the previous week's 36,511 carloads and falling 4.2% year over year from 35,067 carloads.

Union Pacific Corp.'s coal shipment volumes this week totaled 18,037 carloads, growing 3.3% from 17,459 carloads the previous week and increasing 3.1% compared to the previous year's weekly volume of 17,488.

Eastern railroad CSX Transportation Inc.'s shipment volumes of coal stood at 15,794 carloads, down less than 1% from the previous week's 15,817 carloads while falling 10.9% compared to the 17,720 carloads in the same week of the previous year.

Norfolk Southern Corp.'s coal shipment volumes totaled 16,582 carloads for the week, dropping 24.7% week over week from 22,026 carloads and sliding 17.1% year over year from 19,993 carloads.

Kansas City Southern's latest weekly coal shipment volume was 2,312 carloads, increasing 25.7% from 1,840 carloads the previous week. The railroad serves 10 U.S. states and Mexico.

Data collected by S&P Global Market Intelligence from railroads covers cars originating on their lines during the week and cars received from a connecting railroad during the same week.