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AAR: Rail traffic up 5.8% over 2013 for week ending January 18

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, January 23, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 18, 2014 with 289,825 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 267,428 units up 7.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 557,253 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.8 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including nonmetallic minerals and products with 32,557 carloads, up 20.9 percent; and, petroleum and petroleum products with 15,708 carloads, up 13.3 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included metallic ores and metals with 25,509 carloads, down 1.5 percent.

For the first three weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 793,520 carloads, down 0.7 percent from the same point last year, and 690,293 intermodal units, up 1.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first three weeks of 2014 was 1,483,813 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.3 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 76,771 carloads for the week, down 0.7 percent, and 54,861 intermodal units, up 2.6 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first three weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 206,909 carloads, down 6.6 percent from the same point last year, and 145,343 intermodal units, down 2.6 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,393 carloads for the week, up 6.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,493 intermodal units, up 7.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first three weeks of 2014 was 40,480 carloads, up 5.0 percent from the same point last year, and 25,197 intermodal units, up 1.7 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first three weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 1,040,909 carloads, down 1.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 860,833 intermodal trailers and containers, up 0.7 percent compared with last year.

Friday, January 24, 2014

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