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AAR reports rail traffic increase for week ending November 23, 2019

(Source: Association of American Railroads press release, November 27, 2019)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 23, 2019.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 521,927 carloads and intermodal units, up 10.6 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending November 23 were 251,901 carloads, up 7.6 percent compared with the same week in 2018, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 270,026 containers and trailers, up 13.5 percent compared to 2018.

Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2018. They included nonmetallic minerals, up 7,573 carloads, to 33,069; chemicals, up 3,972 carloads, to 31,834; and motor vehicles and parts, up 3,625 carloads, to 17,757. One commodity group posted a decrease compared with the same week in 2018: coal, down 6,205 carloads, to 75,859.

For the first 47 weeks of 2019, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,829,176 carloads, down 4.2 percent from the same point last year; and 12,519,862 intermodal units, down 4.3 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 47 weeks of 2019 was 24,349,038 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending November 23, 2019, on 12 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 342,235 carloads, up 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 351,821 intermodal units, up 9.9 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 694,056 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.5 percent. North American rail volume for the first 47 weeks of 2019 was 33,234,029 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.3 percent compared with 2018.

Canadian railroads reported 70,768 carloads for the week, down 16.4 percent, and 65,247 intermodal units, up 0.2 percent compared with the same week in 2018. For the first 47 weeks of 2019, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 7,108,842 carloads, containers and trailers, up 0.1 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 19,566 carloads for the week, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 16,548 intermodal units, down 4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 47 weeks of 2019 was 1,776,149 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.6 percent from the same point last year.

Monday, December 2, 2019

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