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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for the week ending November 14, 2015

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Nov. 14, 2015.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 543,681 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.7 percent compared with the same week last year.    Total carloads for the week ending Nov. 14 were 270,793 carloads, down 8.7 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 272,888 containers and trailers, down 0.3 percent compared to 2014.   Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2014. They included: miscellaneous carloads, up 19.8 percent to 9,077; motor vehicles and parts, up 3.3 percent to 18,206; and chemicals, up 0.1 percent to 29,178 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2014 included: metallic ores and metals, down 22.9 percent to 20,715 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 16.8 percent to 13,171 carloads; and coal, down 14.5 percent to 95,293 carloads.   For the first 45 weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 12,548,012 carloads, down 4.8 percent from the same point last year; and 12,046,567 intermodal units, up 1.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 45 weeks of 2015 was 24,594,579 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.6 percent compared to last year.   North American rail volume for the week ending Nov. 14, 2015 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 360,217carloads, down 8.7 percent compared with the same week last year, and 343,868 intermodal units, up 0.9 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 704,085 carloads and intermodal units, down 4.3 percent. North American rail volume for the first 45 weeks of 2015 was 32,017,218 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.3 percent compared with 2014.    Canadian railroads reported 74,583 carloads for the week, down 10.1 percent, and 59,639 intermodal units, up 6.1 percent compared with the same week in 2014. For the first 45 weeks of 2015, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,196,320 carloads, containers and trailers, down 0.8 percent.   Mexican railroads reported 14,841 carloads for the week, down 1.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,341 intermodal units, up 4.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 45 weeks of 2015 was 1,226,319 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 1.4 percent from the same point last year.
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