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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 June 16, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 287,036 carloads, down 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 249,975 trailers and containers, up 5.2 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 50.3 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 22.6 percent, and coke, up 11.1 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ore, down 18.5 percent; nonmetallic minerals, down 15.2 percent, and iron and steel scrap, down 12.6 percent. Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 3.3 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 2 percent compared with the same week in 2011. For the first 24 weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 6,757,454 carloads, down 3 percent from the same point last year, and 5,550,105 trailers and containers, up 3.1 percent from last year. Canadian railroads reported 76,653 carloads for the week, down 3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 54,355 trailers and containers, up 13 percent compared with 2011. For the first 24 weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,841,312 carloads, up 3.3 percent from the same point last year, and 1,200,069 trailers and containers, up 6.9 percent from last year. Mexican railroads reported 15,293 carloads for the week, down 4.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,975 trailers and containers, up 7.6 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 24 weeks of 2012 is 333,300 carloads, down 3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 219,204 trailers and containers, up 19.5 percent from last year. Combined North American rail volume for the first 24 weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 8,932,066 carloads, down 1.8 percent compared with the same point last year, and 6,969,378 trailers and containers, up 4.2 percent compared with last year. 
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