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AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic results

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed results in weekly rail traffic with U.S. railroads originating 295,347 carloads for the week ending April 30, 2011, flat compared with the same week last year.  Intermodal volume for the week totaled 229,677 trailers and containers, up 7.8 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 2.4 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 1.7 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 17 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,951,226 carloads, up 3.8 percent from last year, and 3,770,745 trailers and containers, up 8.8 percent from the same point in 2010.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 17 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 6,439,628 carloads, up 3.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 4,670,262 trailers and containers, up 7.9 percent compared with last year.


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