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AAR: U.S. weekly rail traffic up 4.2 percent over 2013 for week ending June 21

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 21, 2014 with 291,142 total carloads, up 0.9 percent compared with the same week last year. This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, topping the previous record set last week, reaching 272,553 units, up 7.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 563,695 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 17,677 carloads, up 15 percent; and forest products with 11,998 carloads, up 12.2 percent.
For the first 25 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,149,837 carloads, up 3.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,377,674 intermodal units, up 5.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 25 weeks of 2014 was 13,527,511 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 86,918 carloads for the week, up 13 percent, and 59,760 intermodal units, up 8.4 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 25 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,950,934 carloads, down 0.5 percent from the same point last year, and 1,387,964 intermodal units, up 6 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,765 carloads for the week, up 4.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,662 intermodal units, down 3 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 25 weeks of 2014 was 386,180 carloads, up 2 percent from the same point last year, and 247,570 intermodal units, up 3 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 25 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 9,486,951 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,013,208 intermodal trailers and containers, up 5.8 percent compared with last year.

Friday, June 27, 2014

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