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AAR: Rail traffic up 4.4 percent over 2013 for week ending January 25

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, January 30, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 25, 2014 with 280,761 total U.S. carloads, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 245,883 units up 3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 526,644 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 23,175 carloads, up 24.4 percent; and, petroleum and petroleum products with 15,211 carloads, up 13.1 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included metallic ores and metals with 22,539 carloads, down 1.8 percent.

For the first four weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,074,281 carloads, up 0.9 percent from the same point last year, and 936,176 intermodal units, up 1.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first four weeks of 2014 was 2,010,457 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.3 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 74,311 carloads for the week, down 1.6 percent, and 52,824 intermodal units, up 1.7 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first four weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 281,220 carloads, down 5.3 percent from the same point last year, and 198,167 intermodal units, down 1.5 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,416 carloads for the week, up 8.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,542 intermodal units, up 6.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first four weeks of 2014 was 56,896 carloads, up 6.1 percent from the same point last year, and 35,739 intermodal units, up 3.2 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first four weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 1,412,397 carloads, down 0.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 1,170,082 intermodal trailers and containers, up 1.3 percent compared with last year.

Friday, January 31, 2014

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