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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending September 5, 2015

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Sep. 5, 2015.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 567,206 carloads and intermodal units, up 8 percent compared with the same week last year. 

Total carloads for the week ending Sep. 9 were 287,339 carloads, down 0.4 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 279,867 containers and trailers, up 17 percent compared to 2014.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2014. They included: motor vehicles and parts, up 19.5 percent to 18,534 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, up 18.3 percent to 9,213 carloads and grain, up 9.6 percent to 18,780 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2014 included: metallic ores and metals, down 17.3 percent to 21,145 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 9.1 percent to 14,240 carloads; and coal, down 2.8 percent to 108,208 carloads.

For the first 35 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 9,750,275 carloads, down 4.1 percent from the same point last year; and 9,331,154 intermodal units, up 3 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 35 weeks of 2015 was 19,081,429 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 0.8 percent compared to last year.

North American rail volume for the week ending Sep. 5, 2015 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 378,598 carloads, down 0.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 355,297 intermodal units, up 15.7 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 733,895 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.6 percent. North American rail volume for the first 35 weeks of 2015 was 24,868,191 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.3 percent compared with 2014. 

Canadian railroads reported 74,949 carloads for the week, down 6.9 percent, and 64,015 intermodal units, up 14.7 percent compared with the same week in 2014. For the first 35 weeks of 2015, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 4,836,464 carloads, containers and trailers, up 0.9 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 16,310 carloads for the week, up 9.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,415 intermodal units, down 5.2 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 35 weeks of 2015 was 950,298 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 2.2 percent from the same point last year.

 
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