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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic

AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 31, 2013 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported increased weekly rail traffic for the week ending October 26, 2013 with total U.S. weekly carloads of 297,455 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 261,231 units, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and up for the 17th straight week in a row.  Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 558,686 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including grain, with 25,101 carloads, up 29.6 percent; and petroleum and petroleum products with 14,152 carloads, up 20.1 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included farm and food products, excluding grain, with 17,759 carloads, down 3.9 percent.
 
For the first 43 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,091,749 carloads, down 0.8 percent from the same point last year, and 10,601,101 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 43 weeks of 2013 was 22,692,850 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.3 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 77,404 carloads for the week, down 5.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 52,881 intermodal units, down 3.5 percent compared with 2012. For the first 43 weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,388,365 carloads, up 2.0 percent from the same point last year, and 2,315,653 intermodal units, up 4.1 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 15,491 carloads for the week, up 6.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,867 intermodal units, down 2.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 43 weeks of 2013 was 655,690 carloads, up 7.0 percent from the same point last year, and 435,386 intermodal units, up 0.9 percent from last year.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the 43 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 16,135,804 carloads, up 0.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 13,352,140 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.