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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 19, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 14, 2014 with 295,132 total carloads, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year. This was the highest week in history for total U.S. intermodal volume, reaching 270,243 units, up 6.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 565,375 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.1 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 20,078 carloads, up 22.3 percent; petroleum and petroleum products with 16,130 carloads, up 13.2 percent; and metallic ores and metals with 27,010 carloads, up 8.4 percent.
 
For the first 24 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,858,695 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,105,121 intermodal units, up 5.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2014 was 12,963,816 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 88,502 carloads for the week, up 12.3 percent, and 59,201 intermodal units, up 8.3 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 24 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,864,016 carloads, down 1.1 percent from the same point last year, and 1,328,204 intermodal units, up 5.8 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 16,920 carloads for the week, up 4.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,537 intermodal units, up 5.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2014 was 369,415 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year, and 236,908 intermodal units, up 3.2 percent from last year.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the first 24 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 9,092,126 carloads, up 2.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,670,233 intermodal trailers and containers, up 5.8 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.