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AAR reports steady growth in weekly rail traffic for week ending July 2

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported solid weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 285,943 carloads for the week ending July 2, 2011, up 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year.  Intermodal volume for the week totaled 236,988 trailers and containers, up 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Fifteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010. Commodity groups posting solid increases included: farm products excluding grain, up 22.3 percent; metallic ores, up 18.5 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 14.3 percent. Waste and nonferrous scrap was the only group posting a notable decrease, down 12.3 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 5.7 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 3.1 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 26 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 7,539,227 carloads, up 2.7 percent from last year, and 5,856,133 trailers and containers, up 7.8 percent from the same point in 2010.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 26 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 9,836,273 carloads, up 2.7 percent compared with the same point last year, and 7,272,626 trailers and containers, up 7.1 percent compared with last year.