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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 31, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending July 26, 2014 with 306,988 total carloads, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 264,809 units, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 571,797 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.8 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Nine of 10 of the carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including motor vehicles and parts with 18,371 carloads, up 20.3 percent; petroleum and petroleum products with 15,593 carloads, up 19.2 percent; metallic ores and metals with 29,037 carloads, up 17.2 percent; and grain with 19,978 carloads, up 16.1 percent. The commodity that posted a decrease was coal with 115,914 carloads, down 5.7 percent.
 
For the first 30 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,615,876 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,658,277 intermodal units, up 5.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 30 weeks of 2014 was 16,274,153 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.7 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 82,266 carloads for the week, up 6.8 percent, and 61,032 intermodal units, up 12.6 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 30 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,359,192 carloads, up 1.2 percent from the same point last year, and 1,684,219 intermodal units, up 6.6 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 17,141 carloads for the week, up 10.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,481 intermodal units, up 6.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 30 weeks of 2014 was 468,220 carloads, up 2.2 percent from the same point last year, and 303,006 intermodal units, up 3.5 percent from last year.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the first 30 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 11,443,288 carloads, up 3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 9,645,502 intermodal trailers and containers, up 5.9 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.