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AAR Reports Mixed Weekly Rail Traffic

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending May 19, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 280,565 carloads, down 5 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 241,664 trailers and containers, up 3.1 percent compared with the same week last year.

Twelve of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 49.4 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 23.3 percent, and lumber and wood products, up 17.9 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included nonmetallic minerals, down 16.3 percent; coal, down 16.1 percent, and coke, down 8.6 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.5 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 5.3 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 20 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,627,959 carloads, down 3.4 percent from the same point last year, and 4,595,071 trailers and containers, up 2.8 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 80,314 carloads for the week, up 6.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 53,042 trailers and containers, up 8.8 percent compared with 2011. For the first 20 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,546,219 carloads, up 4.8 percent from the same point last year, and 1,004,360 trailers and containers, up 8 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 13,813 carloads for the week, down 3.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,081 trailers and containers, up 13.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 20 weeks of 2012 is 272,857 carloads, down 4.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 179,184 trailers and containers, up 21.6 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 20 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 7,447,035 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 5,778,615 trailers and containers, up 4.2 percent compared with last year.

 

 
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