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Rail traffic down 4.9% from last year; intermodal up 6.4%

For the first 50 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 14,087,377 carloads, down 0.7 percent from the same point last year, and 12,403,840 intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year.

The Trucker News Services

12/26/2013

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported mixed U.S. rail traffic for the week ended Dec. 14 with 278,664 total U.S. carloads, down 4.9 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 268,161 units — the second highest week on record — up 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year.  

Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 546,825 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Four of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum and petroleum products with 13,888 carloads, up 10.4 percent; and motor vehicles and parts with 18,202 carloads, up 5.5 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included metallic ores and metals with 23,147 carloads, down 14.0 percent; and coal with 111,155 carloads, down 8.4 percent.

For the first 50 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 14,087,377 carloads, down 0.7 percent from the same point last year, and 12,403,840 intermodal units, up 4.5 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 50 weeks of 2013 was 26,491,217 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 73,230 carloads for the week, down 8.2 percent, and 54,008 intermodal units, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week in 2012. For the first 50 weeks of 2013, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,949,879 carloads, up 2.0 percent from the same point last year, and 2,702,054 intermodal units, up 4.4 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,562 carloads for the week, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,002 intermodal units, up 12.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 50 weeks of 2013 was 762,537 carloads, up 6.3 percent from the same point last year, and 503,506 intermodal units, down 0.3 percent from last year.

 Combined North American rail volume for the 50 weeks of 2013 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 18,799,793 carloads, up 0.2 percent compared with the same point last year, and 15,609,400 intermodal trailers and containers, up 4.3 percent compared with last year.

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