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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending October 10, 2015

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Oct. 10, 2015.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 556,233 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.8 percent compared with the same week last year.    Total carloads for the week ending Oct. 10 were 281,073 carloads, down 5.8 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 275,160 containers and trailers, up 0.5 percent compared to 2014.   Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2014. They include: miscellaneous carloads, up 24.4 percent to 10,256; grain, up 21.3 percent to 24,818 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, up 2 percent to 17,846. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2014 included: metallic ores and metals, down 23.5 percent to 20,084 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 16.6 percent to 13,621 carloads; and coal, down 12.6 percent to 98,637 carloads.   For the first 40 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,161,759 carloads, down 4.4 percent from the same point last year; and 10,692,427 intermodal units, up 2.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 40 weeks of 2015 was 21,854,186 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.2 percent compared to last year.   North American rail volume for the week ending Oct. 10, 2015 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 372,161carloads, down 8.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 351,165 intermodal units, up 1.2 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 723,326 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.9 percent. North American rail volume for the first 40 weeks of 2015 was 28,464,132 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.9 percent compared with 2014.    Canadian railroads reported 75,459 carloads for the week, down 16.1 percent, and 62,664 intermodal units, up 4.2 percent compared with the same week in 2014. For the first 40 weeks of 2015, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 5,516,560 carloads, containers and trailers, down 0.2 percent.   Mexican railroads reported 15,629 carloads for the week, up 8.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 13,341 intermodal units, up 3.7 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 40 weeks of 2015 was 1,093,386 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 2.5 percent from the same point last year.  
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