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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct.17, 2013 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported increased weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 12, 2013 with total U.S. weekly carloads of 285,372 carloads, up 0.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 260,839 units, up 4.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and up for the 15th straight week in a row.  Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 546,211 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 1.9 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum and petroleum products, with 13,683 carloads or 15.3 percent, and metallic ores and metals, with 25,866 carloads or 12.8 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included coal, with 107,258 carloads or 4.9 percent.
 
For the first 41 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,505,038 carloads, down 0.9 percent from the same point last year, and 10,075,183 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 41 weeks of 2013 was 21,580,221 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.2 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 85,258 carloads for the week, up 11.0 percent compared with the same week last year, and 58,312 intermodal units, up 9.8 percent compared with 2012. For the first 41 weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,229,091 carloads, up 2.1 percent from the same point last year, and 2,204,855 intermodal units, up 4.2 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 13,820 carloads for the week, down 7.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,781 intermodal units, down 4.0 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 41 weeks of 2013 was 625,079 carloads, up 6.9 percent from the same point last year, and 412,734 intermodal units, up 0.9 percent from last year.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the 41 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 15,359,208 carloads, unchanged compared with the same point last year, and 12,692,772 trailers and containers, up 3.7 percent compared with last year.
 
 
 
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For more information contact: Abigail Gardner, AARMedia@skdknick.com, 202-464-6603, 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


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