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AAR: Railroads report decreased weekly rail traffic as of January 11, 2014

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, January 16, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported decreased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 11, 2014 with 256,849 total U.S. carloads, down 8.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 235,987 units down 6.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 492,836 carloads and intermodal units, down 7.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 20,367 carloads, up 10.1 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included motor vehicles and parts with 11,051 carloads, down 22.5 percent; metallic ores and metals with 20,143 carloads, down 20.3 percent; and, nonmetallic minerals and products with 25,177 carloads, down 16.0 percent.

For the first two weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 503,695 carloads, down 3.4 percent from the same point last year, and 422,865 intermodal units, down 1.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first two weeks of 2014 was 926,560 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.8 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 66,872 carloads for the week, down 11.8 percent, and 48,377 intermodal units, down 10.2 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first two weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 130,138 carloads, down 9.7 percent from the same point last year, and 90,482 intermodal units, down 5.5 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,563 carloads for the week, up 5.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,728 intermodal units, up 5.0 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first two weeks of 2014 was 25,087 carloads, up 4.3 percent from the same point last year, and 14,704 intermodal units, down 1.8 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first two weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 658,920 carloads, down 4.5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 528,051 intermodal trailers and containers, down 2.6 percent compared with last year.

Friday, January 17, 2014

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