Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Latest News

​​​​​​​For Immediate Release



AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 11, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 6, 2014 with 286,002 total carloads, up 2.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 239,142 units, up 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 525,144 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.5 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 petroleum and petroleum products with 15,657 carloads, up 31.1 percent; nonmetallic minerals with 37,500 carloads, up 13.1 percent; and metallic ores and metals with 25,541 carloads, up 8.5 percent. The commodity that posted a decrease was coal with 111,406 carloads, down 5.4 percent.

For the first 36 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,418,394 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 9,243,430 intermodal units, up 5.6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 36 weeks of 2014 was 19,661,824 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 80,312 carloads for the week, up 3.4 percent, and 55,804 intermodal units, up 5.7 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 36 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,847,984 carloads, up 1.6 percent from the same point last year, and 2,046,688 intermodal units, up 7.1 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,531 carloads for the week, down 0.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,617 intermodal units, up 26.3 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 36 weeks of 2014 was 563,328 carloads, up 1.4 percent from the same point last year, and 373,340 intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 36 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 13,829,706 carloads, up 3.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 11,663,458 intermodal containers and trailers, up 5.9 percent compared with last year.

# # #

For more information contact: Abigail GardnerAARMedia@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.