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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 19, 2014 with 290,713 total U.S. carloads, up 5.1 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 259,113 units, up 7.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was
 549,826 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.3 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 21,582 carloads, up 36.9 percent, and petroleum and petroleum products with 15,252 carloads, up 12.4 percent. The commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year were led by metallic ores and metals with 22,835 carloads, down 8.9 percent.
 
For the first 16 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,484,785 carloads, up 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 3,987,578 intermodal units, up 5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 16 weeks of 2014 was 8,472,363 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.3 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 81,698 carloads for the week, down 2.8 percent, and 59,157 intermodal units, up 6.6 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 16 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,174,282 carloads, down 6.5 percent from the same point last year, and 846,505 intermodal units, up 3.1 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 13,166 carloads for the week, down 11.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 8,144 intermodal units, down 15.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 16 weeks of 2014 was 239,795 carloads, up 1.1 percent from the same point last year, and 150,613 intermodal units, down 0.4 percent from last year.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the first 16 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 5,898,862 carloads, even compared with the same point last year, and 4,984,696 intermodal trailers and containers, up 4.5 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.