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AAR: Rail traffic increases 7.3% over 2013 for week ending March 22

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, March 27, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending March 22, 2014 with 291,525 total U.S. carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 260,713 units, up 10.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 552,238 carloads and intermodal units, up 7.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 19,754 carloads, up 16 percent, and petroleum and petroleum products with 14,811 carloads, up 10.3 percent. The commodity showing a decrease compared with the same week last year was chemicals with 30,422 carloads, down 0.2 percent.

For the first 12 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,301,422 carloads, up 0.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 2,937,811 intermodal units, up 3 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 12 weeks of 2014 was 6,239,233 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.6 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 77,484 carloads for the week, down 2.2 percent, and 54,576 intermodal units, up 8 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 12 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 855,998 carloads, down 7.7 percent from the same point last year, and 613,985 intermodal units, up 0.2 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,963 carloads for the week, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 8,379 intermodal units, up 6.9 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 12 weeks of 2014 was 179,476 carloads, up 1.4 percent from the same point last year, and 113,054 intermodal units, down 0.7 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 12 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 4,336,896 carloads, down 1.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 3,664,850 intermodal trailers and containers, up 2.4 percent compared with last year.

Friday, March 28, 2014

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