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AAR: Combined weekly rail traffic up 6.7 percent over 2013 for week ending July 19

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, July 24, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 19, 2014 with 299,256 total carloads, up 7.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 267,675 units, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 566,931 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.7 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 15,882 carloads, up 46 percent; grain with 20,505 carloads, up 27.4 percent; and petroleum and petroleum products with 16,725 carloads, up 25.3 percent. The commodity that posted a decrease was coal with 113,120 carloads, down 0.4 percent.

For the first 29 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,308,888 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,393,468 intermodal units, up 6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 29 weeks of 2014 was 15,702,356 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 82,637 carloads for the week, up 11 percent, and 59,477 intermodal units, up 6.1 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 29 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,276,926 carloads, up 1 percent from the same point last year, and 1,623,187 intermodal units, up 6.4 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,252 carloads for the week, up 3.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,423 intermodal units, down 0.9 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 29 weeks of 2014 was 451,079 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year, and 291,525 intermodal units, up 3.3 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 29 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 11,036,893 carloads, up 3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 9,308,180 intermodal trailers and containers, up 6 percent compared with last year.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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