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AAR: Combined weekly rail traffic up 4 percent over 2013 for week ending July 12

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, July 17, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 12, 2014 with 290,607 total carloads, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 256,256 units, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 546,863 carloads and intermodal units, up 4 percent compared with the same week last year.

Nine of 10 of the carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including motor vehicles and parts with 16,615 carloads, up 64.7 percent; petroleum and petroleum products with 15,331 carloads, up 16.2 percent; and nonmetallic minerals and products with 40,193 carloads, up 14.2 percent. The commodity that posted a decrease was coal with 106,494 carloads, down 5.3 percent.

For the first 28 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,009,632 carloads, up 3.4 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,125,793 intermodal units, up 6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 28 weeks of 2014 was 15,135,425 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 82,720 carloads for the week, up 10.1 percent, and 59,611 intermodal units, up 9.5 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 28 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,194,289 carloads, up 0.6 percent from the same point last year, and 1,563,710 intermodal units, up 6.4 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 17,022 carloads for the week, up 10.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,304 intermodal units, up 9.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 28 weeks of 2014 was 434,827 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year, and 280,102 intermodal units, up 3.5 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 28 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 10,638,748 carloads, up 2.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,969,605 intermodal trailers and containers, up 6 percent compared with last year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

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