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AAR reports mixed weekly rail traffic

For the first eleven weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,112,940 carloads, down 1.8 percent from last year, and 2,453,272 trailers and containers, up 2.3 percent from last year.

The Trucker News Services

3/29/2012

WASHINGTON — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported mixed weekly rail traffic for the week ending March 17, 2012, with U.S. railroads originating 278,420 carloads, down 5.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 227,138 trailers and containers, up 2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eleven of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2011, with petroleum products, up 32 percent; motor vehicles and equipment, up 15.5 percent, and stone, clay and glass products, up 11.3 percent. The groups showing a significant decrease in weekly traffic included farm products excluding grain, down 21.9 percent, and coal, down 14.7 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was down 4.9 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 5.5 percent compared with the same week in 2011.

For the first eleven weeks of 2012, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 3,112,940 carloads, down 1.8 percent from last year, and 2,453,272 trailers and containers, up 2.3 percent from last year.

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Canadian railroads reported 77,876 carloads for the week, up 3.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 46,200 trailers and containers, down 1.4 percent compared with 2011. For the first eleven weeks of 2012, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 828,787 carloads, up 6.4 percent from the same point last year, and 528,452 trailers and containers, up 6.1 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 14,607 carloads for the week, down 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,481 trailers and containers, up 36.5 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first eleven weeks of 2012 is 147,311 carloads, down 6.7 percent compared with last year, and 97,006 trailers and containers, up 21.5 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first eleven weeks of 2012 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 4,089,038 carloads, down 0.4 percent compared with last year, and 3,078,730 trailers and containers, up 3.4 percent compared with last year

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JB Hunt