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AAR: Combined weekly rail traffic up 4 percent over 2013 for week ending August 16

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, August 21, 2014)

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 16, 2014 with 304,276 total carloads, up 2.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 270,316 units, up 5.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 574,592 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 petroleum and petroleum products with 15,653 carloads, up 19.5 percent; metallic ores and metals with 28,142 carloads, up 11.6 percent; nonmetallic minerals with 39,394 carloads, up 7.4 percent; and grain with 17,916 carloads, up 7.1 percent. The commodity that posted a decrease was coal with 118,954 carloads, down 3.3 percent.

For the first 33 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,526,136 carloads, up 3.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,465,069 intermodal units, up 5.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 33 weeks of 2014 was 17,991,205 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 81,707 carloads for the week, up 4.4 percent, and 62,175 intermodal units, up 10.1 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 33 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,603,815 carloads, up 1.5 percent from the same point last year, and 1,865,701 intermodal units, up 6.9 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,375 carloads for the week, down 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,490 intermodal units, down 1.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 33 weeks of 2014 was 517,594 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year, and 337,248 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 33 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 12,647,545 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,668,018 intermodal containers and trailers, up 5.9 percent compared with last year.

Friday, August 22, 2014

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