The number of carloads moved on short line and regional railroads decreased by 4.6 percent in year-to-year comparisons. Total carloads were down from 349,658 in May 2015 to 333,542 in May 2016.

Petroleum products led commodity gains with a 21 percent increase, followed by stone, clay, and glass products along with motor vehicles and equipment, up 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Coal experienced the most significant decline, down 32 percent, followed by nonmetallic minerals, down 30 percent. (Click here to download this file as an Excel table.)

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