FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mixed Rail Traffic for January, and Week Ending February 2
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 7, 2013 – The Association
of American Railroads (AAR) today reported that U.S. monthly rail traffic
showed mixed results in January, as well as for the week ending Feb. 2, 2013.
Intermodal traffic in January 2013 totaled 1,168,630
containers and trailers, up 5.3 percent (58,303 units) compared with January
2012. Carloads originated in January totaled 1,339,604 carloads, down 6.3
percent (90,199 carloads) compared with the same month last year. Carloads
excluding coal and grain were up 1.8 percent (12,731 carloads) in January 2013
over January 2012.
In January, six of the 20 commodity groups posted
increases compared with the same month last year, including: petroleum and
petroleum products, up 54.1 percent or 22,892 carloads; crushed stone, gravel
and sand, up 6.1 percent or 4,732 carloads, and lumber and wood products, up
14.6 percent or 2,032 carloads. Commodities with carload declines in January
were led by coal, down 14.5 percent or 91,593 carloads; grain, down 11 percent
or 11,337 carloads, and iron and steel scrap, down 18.7 percent or 4,675
“The New Year brought a continuation of an old pattern:
weakness in coal, strength in intermodal and petroleum products, and mixed
results for everything else,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T.
Gray. “Railroads recently announced that they expect to reinvest
significantly in 2013 — an estimated $24.5 billion for the year — back into
their systems. They’re making these investments because they are
confident that demand for freight transportation, over the long term, will
continue to grow.”
AAR today also reported mixed rail traffic for the week
ending Feb.2, 2013. Last week U.S. railroads originated 274,700 carloads,
down 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume
for the week totaled 249,231 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent compared
with the same week last year.
Eight of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases
compared with the same week in 2012, with petroleum products, up 52.3 percent;
lumber and wood products, up 26.5 percent, and farm products excluding grain,
up 18.7 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included
metallic ores, down 22.4 percent; grain, down 15.7 percent, and nonmetallic
minerals, down 12.1 percent.
Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.7
percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload
volume was down 2.6 percent compared with the same week in 2012.
For the first five weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported
cumulative volume of 1,339,604 carloads, down 6.3 percent from the same point
last year, and 1,168,630 trailers and containers, up 5.3 percent from last
Canadian railroads reported 75,178 carloads for the week,
down 2.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 49,713 trailers and
containers, down 2.9 percent compared with 2012. For the first five weeks of
2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 372,517 carloads, up 1.8
percent from the same point last year, and 251,231 trailers and containers, up
6.3 percent from last year.
Mexican railroads reported 15,434 carloads for the week,
up 16.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,842 trailers and
containers, up 1.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first
five weeks of 2013 is 68,426 carloads, up 6.9 percent from the same point last
year, and 43,539 trailers and containers, down 3.6 percent from last year.
Combined North American rail volume for the first five
weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled
1,780,547 carloads, down 4.3 percent compared with the same point last year,
and 1,463,400 trailers and containers, up 5.1 percent compared with last year.
WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC CHARTS (PDF)
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