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AAR: Railroads report mixed rail traffic for week ending February 8

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, February 13, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 8, 2014 with 261,254 total U.S. carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 246,114 units, up 0.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 507,368 carloads and intermodal units, down 2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including farm and farm products excluding grain, with 17,433 carloads or 5.8 percent, and grain with 18,265 carloads or 4 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included coal with 100,732 carloads, down 8.4 percent.

For the first six weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,606,438 carloads, down 0.4 percent from the same point last year, and 1,429,399 intermodal units, up 1.1 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first six weeks of 2014 was 3,035,837 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.3 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 70,284 carloads for the week, down 12.2 percent, and 50,727 intermodal units, down 0.1 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first six weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 422,476 carloads, down 6.6 percent from the same point last year, and 292,829 intermodal units, down 2.9 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,190 carloads for the week, down 1.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 8,280 intermodal units, down 11.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first six weeks of 2014 was 86,141 carloads, up 3.4 percent from the same point last year, and 54,338 intermodal units, up 0.2 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first six weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 2,115,055 carloads, down 1.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 1,776,566 intermodal trailers and containers, up 0.4 percent compared with last year.

Friday, February 14, 2014

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