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Rail sees weekly gains in freight traffic

For the first 50 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 14,623,189 carloads, up 2.1 percent from the same point last year, and 11,493,262 trailers and containers, up 5.1 percent from last year.

The Trucker News Services

12/29/2011

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported gains in weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 304,377 carloads for the week ending Dec. 17, 2011, up 11.7 percent compared with the same week last year.

Intermodal volume for the week totaled 233,322 trailers and containers, up 6 percent compared with the same week last year.

Fourteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2010, including: metallic ores, up 57.1 percent; nonmetallic minerals, up 38 percent, and crushed stone, sand and gravel, up 29 percent. The groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included: farm products excluding grain, down 9.8 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 23 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was up 5.4 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 50 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 14,623,189 carloads, up 2.1 percent from the same point last year, and 11,493,262 trailers and containers, up 5.1 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 77,392 carloads for the week, up 8.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 49,118 trailers and containers, up 11.6 percent compared with 2010. For the first 50 weeks of 2011, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,782,100 carloads, up 3 percent from the same point last year, and 2,422,553 trailers and containers, up 2 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 13,436 carloads for the week, down 5.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 8,282 trailers and containers, up 21.3 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 50 weeks of 2011 was 713,002 carloads, up 3.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 418,576 trailers and containers, up 22.1 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 50 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 19,118,291 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 14,334,391 trailers and containers, up 5 percent compared with last year.

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