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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 23, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 18, 2014 with 297,130 total carloads, up 2.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 272,554 units, up 3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 569,684 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year.

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products with 16,015 carloads, up 17.4 percent, and nonmetallic minerals with 39,308 carloads, up 12.5 percent. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2013 were led by chemicals with 28,843 carloads, down 4.6 percent.

For the first 42 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,218,003 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 10,900,493 units, up 5.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 42 weeks of 2014 was 23,118,496 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.4 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 85,771 carloads for the week, up 4.6 percent, and 55,587 intermodal units, down 4 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 42 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,365,718 carloads, up 1.5 percent from the same point last year, and 2,406,134 intermodal units, up 6.5 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,939 carloads for the week, up 14.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 12,174 intermodal units, up 0.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 42 weeks of 2014 was 663,760 carloads, up 3.3 percent from the same point last year, and 447,587 intermodal units, up 4.9 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 42 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 16,247,481 carloads, up 3.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 13,754,214 intermodal containers and trailers, up 5.6 percent compared with last year.

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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