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AAR reports continued steady weekly rail traffic results

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported steady results in weekly rail traffic with U.S. railroads originating 295,148 carloads for the week ending May 21, 2011, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 234,235 trailers and containers, up 8.7 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010. Commodity groups posting significant increases were grain, up 12.9 percent, and metallic ores, up 11.5 percent. Groups posting a notable decrease were waste and nonferrous scrap, down 17.2 percent, and primary forest products, down 10.1 percent.

For the first 20 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,822,505 carloads, up 3.3 percent from last year, and 4,469,033 trailers and containers, up 8.8 percent from the same point in 2010.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 20 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 7,581,404 carloads, up 3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 5,540,800 trailers and containers, up 7.9 percent compared with last year.