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AAR Reports Increased Traffic FOR OCTOBER AND FOR THE WEEK

 Traffic also remained strong for first 10 months of 2014

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 6, 2014 – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for October 2014, with both carload and intermodal volume increasing compared with October 2013. U.S. Class I railroads originated 1,507,917 carloads in October 2014, up 4.4 percent, or 63,881 carloads, over October 2013.  The average of 301,583 weekly carloads in October 2014 marked only the third time since 2008 that a month had a weekly carload overage of more than 300,000.

Intermodal traffic in October totaled 1,381,749 containers and trailers, up 4.9 percent, or 64,071 units, over October 2013.  October 2014 was the best month in history for U.S. rail intermodal traffic. The weekly average of 276,350 containers and trailers in October 2014 was the highest ever, and October was the 59th straight month of year-over-year intermodal increases. For the first 10 months of 2014, U.S. intermodal volume was a record 11,459,079 units, up 5.5 percent over 2013.

Fifteen of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by the AAR each month saw year-over-year carload increases in October.  Commodities with the biggest carload increases in October 2014 over October 2013 were coal up 21,010 carloads, or 3.9 percent; petroleum and petroleum products up 14,053 carloads, or 20.7 percent; crushed stone, sand, and gravel up 11,880 carloads, or 10.4 percent; and metallic ores up 4,161 carloads, or 11.4 percent.  For the year, grain carloads are up 114,900 carloads, or 15 percent.

Excluding coal, U.S. rail carloads were up 42,871 carloads, or 4.7 percent, in October 2014 over October 2013. Excluding coal and grain, U.S. rail carloads were up 43,237, or 5.4 percent, in October 2014.

“America’s railroads are moving an enormous amount of freight today,” said AAR Senior Vice President John T. Gray.  “In the first 10 months of 2014, total U.S. carload plus intermodal volume was
24.3 million units, which is over one million units more than in the first 10 months of 2013 and the highest year-to-date total since 2007.”

AAR today also reported increased rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 1, 2014. U.S. railroads originated 305,389 carloads last week, up 4.3 percent compared with the same week last year, while intermodal volume for the week totaled 279,819 units, up 5.9 percent compared with the same week last year and the highest ever. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 585,208 carloads and intermodal units, up 5.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including petroleum and petroleum products, with 16,447 carloads, up 20.4 percent; metallic ores and metals, with 28,303 carloads, up 20.1 percent; and grain with 23,847 carloads, up 14.5 percent. Commodities that posted a decrease were led by motor vehicles and parts, with 17,888 carloads, down 2.9 percent.

For the first 44 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,830,740 carloads, up 3.6 percent from the same point last year, and 11,459,079 intermodal units, up 5.5 percent from last year. Total U.S. traffic for the first 44 weeks of 2014 was 24,289,819 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 86,893 carloads for the week, up 4.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 60,312 intermodal units, up 10 percent compared with 2013. For the first 44 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,542,923 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year, and 2,525,718 intermodal units, up 6.7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,247 carloads for the week, down 8.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,632 intermodal units, up 6.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 44 weeks of 2014 is 694,461 carloads, up 3.1 percent from the same point last year, and 470,354 intermodal units, up 5.1 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 44 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 17,068,124 carloads, up 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 14,455,151 trailers and containers, 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.