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AAR Reports Increased Intermodal, Carload Rail Traffic for August and Weekly Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 5, 2013 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased total U.S. rail traffic for the month of August 2013, with intermodal setting a new record and carload volume increasing overall compared with August 2012.
 
Intermodal traffic in August 2013 totaled 1,031,179 containers and trailers, up 4.4 percent (43,398 units) compared with August 2012. The weekly average of 257,795 units in August 2013 was the highest weekly average for any month in history.  Carloads originated in August totaled 1,178,619, up 0.5 percent or 5,285 carloads compared with the same month last year. 
 
Twelve of the 20 commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw year-over-year carload increases in August 2013 over the same month last year. Commodities with the biggest carload increases in August included petroleum and petroleum products, up 18.5 percent or 8,148 carloads; crushed stone, gravel and sand, up 9.3 percent or 7,645 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, up 7.7 percent or 4,844 carloads; stone, clay, and glass products, up 10.1 percent or 3,250 carloads; and waste and nonferrous scrap, up 24.0 percent or 2,860 carloads.
 
Commodity categories with carload declines last month included coal, down 2.0 percent or 9,915 carloads from August 2012; and grain, down 9.0 percent or 6,570 carloads.
 
Excluding coal and grain, total U.S. carloads were up 3.6 percent, or 21,770 carloads, in August 2013 compared with August 2012.
 
“In terms of average weekly volumes, August was the best intermodal month in history for both U.S. and Canadian railroads,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.  “Because the fall is typically the peak season for intermodal traffic, it wouldn’t be surprising to see new records set in September and October.  Intermodal’s strength is a testament to the massive private investments railroads have made in their intermodal operations and the tremendous effort they’ve put forth in improving the reliability, responsiveness, and cost effectiveness of their intermodal service.” 
 
AAR today also reported increased rail traffic for the week ending August 31, 2013. U.S. railroads originated 302,026 carloads last week, up 3.1 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume for the week totaled 259,672 units, up 4.2 percent compared with the same week last year.  Total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 31 was 561,698 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.6 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Six of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum and petroleum products, up 22.5 percent; and motor vehicles and parts, up 12.8 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores and metals, down 4.4 percent; and grain, down 0.6 percent.
 
For the first 35 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,780,754 carloads, down 1.1 percent from the same point last year, and 8,520,242 intermodal units, up 3.6 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 35 weeks of 2013 was 18,300,996 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.0 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 81,199 carloads for the week, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 56,562 intermodal units, up 3.2 percent compared with 2012. For the first 35 weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,721,212 carloads, up 1.3 percent from the same point last year, and 1,860,165 intermodal units, up 4.1 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 16,725 carloads for the week, up 13.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,272 intermodal units, up 0.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 35 weeks of 2013 is 539,392 carloads, up 8.4 percent from the same point last year, and 346,150 intermodal units, up 1.5 percent.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the first 35 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 13,041,358 carloads, down 0.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,726,557 trailers and containers, up 3.6 percent compared with last year.

 
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For more information contact: Abigail Gardner, 202-464-6603, at AARMedia@skdknick.com, or Holly Arthur, harthur@aar.org, 202-639-2344.
 
About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Learn more at www.aar.org. Follow us on Twitter: AAR_FreightRail or Facebook: www.facebook.com/freightrail.