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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending January 23, 2016

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Jan. 23, 2016.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 490,324 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.5 percent compared with the same week last year.   Total carloads for the week ending Jan. 23 were 237,190 carloads, down 19.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 253,134 containers and trailers, down 0.1 percent compared to 2015.   One of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. It was miscellaneous carloads, up 15.3 percent to 9,018 carloads.

Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included coal, down 35.8 percent to 74,128 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 19 percent to 12,409 carloads; and metallic ores and metals, down 16.2 percent to 19,418 carloads.   For the first 3 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 719,081 carloads, down 16.6 percent from the same point last year; and 775,836 intermodal units, up 2.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 3 weeks of 2016 was 1,494,917 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 7.6 percent compared to last year.  

North American rail volume for the week ending Jan. 23, 2016, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 323,156 carloads, down 17.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 324,000 intermodal units, down 0.1 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 647,156 carloads and intermodal units, down 9.6 percent. North American rail volume for the first 3 weeks of 2016 was 1,958,155 carloads and intermodal units, down 7 percent compared with 2015.  

Canadian railroads reported 68,677 carloads for the week, down 14.1 percent, and 59,388 intermodal units, down 0.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015. For the first 3 weeks of 2016, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 381,833 carloads, containers and trailers, down 6.5 percent.  

Mexican railroads reported 17,289 carloads for the week, up 2.9 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,478 intermodal units, up 2.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 3 weeks of 2016 was 81,405 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 2.1 percent from the same point last year.
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