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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending February 13, 2016

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 13, 2016.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 505,148 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.8 percent compared with the same week last year.   Total carloads for the week ending Feb. 13 were 244,334 carloads, down 15.4 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 260,814 containers and trailers, up 10.4 percent compared to 2015.   Two of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They were miscellaneous carloads, up 27.4 percent to 9,406 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, up 12.6 percent to 18,711 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included coal, down 32.5 percent to 75,249 carloads; petroleum and petroleum products, down 23.4 percent to 11,303 carloads; and metallic ores and metals, down 15.4 percent to 19,196 carloads.   For the first 6 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,454,056 carloads, down 15.6 percent from the same point last year; and 1,563,265 intermodal units, up 5.7 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 6 weeks of 2016 was 3,017,321 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 5.8 percent compared to last year.   North American rail volume for the week ending Feb. 13, 2016, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 331,188 carloads, down 13.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 333,169 intermodal units, up 8.5 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 664,357 carloads and intermodal units, down 3.5 percent. North American rail volume for the first 6 weeks of 2016 was 3,956,636 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.3 percent compared with 2015.   Canadian railroads reported 70,900 carloads for the week, down 7.9 percent, and 60,702 intermodal units, up 0.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015. For the first 6 weeks of 2016, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 777,296 carloads, containers and trailers, down 5.1 percent.   Mexican railroads reported 15,954 carloads for the week, up 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 11,653 intermodal units, up 11.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 6 weeks of 2016 was 162,019 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 2.4 percent from the same point last year.
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