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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending November 26, 2016

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 26, 2016.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 452,759 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.6 percent compared with the same week last year.  

Total carloads for the week ending November 26 were 229,866 carloads, down 0.4 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 222,893 containers and trailers, up 1.6 percent compared to 2015.  

Five of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They included grain, up 20.2 percent to 22,438 carloads; metallic ores and metals, up 8.5 percent to 18,206 carloads; and miscellaneous carloads, up 7.8 percent to 7,461 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 23.2 percent to 9,150 carloads; motor vehicles and parts, down 15.3 percent to 12,773 carloads; and forest products, down 8.4 percent to 8,511 carloads.  

For the first 47 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,848,889 carloads, down 9.2 percent from the same point last year; and 12,199,820 intermodal units, down 2.6 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 47 weeks of 2016 was 24,048,709 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 6 percent compared to last year.  

North American rail volume for the week ending November 26, 2016, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 323,439 carloads, up 1.1 percent compared with the same week last year, and 294,263 intermodal units, up 1.5 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 617,702 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.3 percent. North American rail volume for the first 47 weeks of 2016 was 31,506,124 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.5 percent compared with 2015.  

Canadian railroads reported 77,955 carloads for the week, up 7.5 percent, and 60,401 intermodal units, up 3.3 percent compared with the same week in 2015. For the first 47 weeks of 2016, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 6,191,875 carloads, containers and trailers, down 4.2percent.  

Mexican railroads reported 15,618 carloads for the week, down 6.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,969 intermodal units, down 9 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 47 weeks of 2016 was 1,265,540 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.2 percent from the same point last year.
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