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AAR: Weekly rail traffic up 6 percent over 2013 for week ending June 7

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, June 12, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 7, 2014 with 292,924 total carloads, up 5.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 269,823 units, up 6.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 562,747 carloads and intermodal units, up 6 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 17,568 carloads, up 15.5 percent; nonmetallic minerals and products with 39,577 carloads, up 12.2 percent; and motor vehicles and parts with 18,343 carloads, up 8.9 percent.

For the first 23 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,563,563 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 5,834,878 intermodal units, up 5.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 23 weeks of 2014 was 12,398,441 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 82,450 carloads for the week, up 6 percent, and 59,796 intermodal units, up 11.4 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 23 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,775,514 carloads, down 1.7 percent from the same point last year, and 1,269,003 intermodal units, up 5.7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,030 carloads for the week, down 3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,878 intermodal units, up 4.3 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 23 weeks of 2014 was 352,495 carloads, up 1.7 percent from the same point last year, and 226,371 intermodal units, up 3.1 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 23 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 8,691,572 carloads, up 2.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,330,252 intermodal trailers and containers, up 5.7 percent compared with last year.

Friday, June 13, 2014

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