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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 16, 2014 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 11, 2014 with 298,376 total carloads, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 273,436 units, up 4.8 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 571,812 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.6 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products with 16,333 carloads, up 19.5 percent, and nonmetallic minerals with 38,860 carloads, up 12.2 percent.

For the first 41 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,920,873 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,627,448 units, up 5.5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 41 weeks of 2014 was 22,548,321 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 89,822 carloads for the week, up 5.2 percent, and 60,183 intermodal units, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 41 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,279,947 carloads, up 1.4 percent from the same point last year, and 2,350,547 intermodal units, up 6.7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 19,745 carloads for the week, up 38.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 14,238 intermodal units, up 30.8 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 41 weeks of 2014 was 646,821 carloads, up 3.0 percent from the same point last year, and 435,413 intermodal units, up 5.1 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 41 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 15,847,641 carloads, up 3.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 13,413,408 intermodal containers and trailers, up 5.7 percent compared with last year.

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For more information contact: AAR media relations at media@aar.org.

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.