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AAR Reports Increased Weekly Rail Traffic

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 30, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 25, 2014 with 307,348 total carloads, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 278,767 units, up 6.7 percent compared with the same week last year. The week was the third highest intermodal week in history for U.S. railroads. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 586,115 carloads and intermodal units, up 5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products with 16,953 carloads, up 20 percent, and nonmetallic minerals with 39,312 carloads, up 8.9 percent. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2013 were led by grain with 22,361 carloads, down 10.5 percent, though grain remains up by 15.1 percent year to date.

For the first 43 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,525,351 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 11,179,260 intermodal units, up 5.5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 43 weeks of 2014 was 23,704,611 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 90,312 carloads for the week, up 16.1 percent, and 59,272 intermodal units, up 12.1 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 43 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,456,030 carloads, up 1.8 percent from the same point last year, and 2,465,406 intermodal units, up 6.6 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,454 carloads for the week, up 5.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 12,135 intermodal units, up 8.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 43 weeks of 2014 was 680,214 carloads, up 3.3 percent from the same point last year, and 459,722 intermodal units, up 5 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 43 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 16,661,595 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 14,104,388 intermodal containers and trailers, up 5.6 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.