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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 14, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending August 9, 2014 with 301,755 total carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 266,153 units, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 567,908 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.9 percent compared with the same week last year.
 
Eight of 10 of the carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products with 16,804 carloads, up 32.1 percent; grain with 21,191 carloads, up 26.5 percent; and nonmetallic minerals with 40,716 carloads, up 9.6 percent. Commodities that posted a decrease were coal with 114,101 carloads, down 2.6 percent, and farm products excluding grain and food with 15,567 carloads, down 1.3 percent.
 
For the first 32 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,221,860 carloads, up 3.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,194,753 intermodal units, up 5.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 32 weeks of 2014 was 17,416,613 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.7 percent from last year.
 
Canadian railroads reported 81,995 carloads for the week, up 7.3 percent, and 58,564 intermodal units, up 9.7 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 32 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,522,108 carloads, up 1.5 percent from the same point last year, and 1,803,526 intermodal units, up 6.8 percent from last year.
 
Mexican railroads reported 16,136 carloads for the week, down 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,624 intermodal units, up 8.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 32 weeks of 2014 was 501,219 carloads, up 2.1 percent from the same point last year, and 325,758 intermodal units, up 3.8 percent from last year.
 
Combined North American rail volume for the first 32 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 12,245,187 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,324,037 intermodal containers and trailers, 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.