AAR reports steady growth in weekly carload, intermodal traffic
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recently reported rail traffic gains for the week ending March 19, 2011, with U.S. railroads originating 293,772 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week was also up, totaling 222,788 trailers and containers, up 10.7 percent compared with the same week in 2010.
For the first 11 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,168,141 carloads, up 5.3 percent from last year, and 2,398,885 trailers and containers, up 8.1 percent from the same point in 2010.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 11 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 4,103,782 carloads, up 4.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 2,972,689 trailers and containers, up 7.2 percent compared with last year.