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AAR: Railroads report decreased rail traffic for week ending February 15

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, February 20, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported decreased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 15, 2014 with 270,632 total U.S. carloads, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 236,625 units down 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 507,257 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.3 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 petroleum and petroleum products with 14,234 carloads, up 7.9 percent; and grain with 19,137 carloads, up 2.5 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included nonmetallic minerals and products with 26,660 carloads, down 10.6 percent.

For the first seven weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,877,070 carloads, down 0.8 percent from the same point last year, and 1,666,024 intermodal units, up 0.1 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first seven weeks of 2014 was 3,543,094 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 71,456 carloads for the week, down 9.5 percent, and 55,317 intermodal units, up 2.8 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first seven weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 493,932 carloads, down 7.0 percent from the same point last year, and 348,146 intermodal units, down 2.1 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,571 carloads for the week, down 1.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,249 intermodal units, up 4.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first seven weeks of 2014 was 101,712 carloads, up 2.6 percent from the same point last year, and 65,587 intermodal units, up 0.9 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 2,472,714 carloads, down 2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 2,079,757 intermodal trailers and containers, down 0.2 percent compared with last year.

Friday, February 21, 2014

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