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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 18, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sept. 13, 2014 with 300,388 total carloads, up 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 279,052 units, up 5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 579,440 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Six of 10 of the carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products with 16,902 carloads, up 29.9 percent; nonmetallic minerals with 40,935 carloads, up 9.7 percent; and metallic ores and metals with 28,394 carloads, up 6.3 percent. The week’s intermodal volume, with 279,052 units, was a record high for the railroad industry.

For the first 37 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 10,718,782 carloads, up 3.5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 9,522,482 intermodal units, up 5.6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 37 weeks of 2014 was 20,241,264 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 81,934 carloads for the week, down 4.7 percent, and 62,278 intermodal units, up 6.2 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 37 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,929,918 carloads, up 1.4 percent from the same point last year, and 2,108,966 intermodal units, up 7.1 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,654 carloads for the week, up 10.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 12,289 intermodal units, up 0.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 37 weeks of 2014 was 579,982 carloads, up 1.7 percent from the same point last year, and 385,629 intermodal units, up 4.4 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 37 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 14,228,682 carloads, up 3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 12,017,077 intermodal containers and trailers, up 5.8 percent compared with last year.

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For more information contact: Ed Greenberg,egreenberg@aar.org, 202-639-2346.​

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.