U.S. rail traffic up 0.4% year-over-year to 287,321 carloads for week ended Aug. 6, intermodal volume up 1.9%, totaling 235,568 trailers, containers: AAR

Kendall Sinclair

Kendall Sinclair

Aug 11, 2011 – Association of American Railroads (AAR)

WASHINGTON , August 11, 2011 (press release) – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported modest gains in weekly rail traffic, with U.S. railroads originating 287,321 carloads for the week ending August 6, 2011, up 0.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Intermodal volume for the week totaled 235,568 trailers and containers, up 1.9 percent compared with the same week last year.

Thirteen of the 20 carload commodity groups posted increases from the comparable week in 2010, including: iron and steel scrap, up 37.6 percent; metal and products, up 14.2 percent, and farm products excluding grain, up 13.6 percent. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included: grain, down 22.5 percent, and waste and nonferrous scrap, down 14.2 percent.

Weekly carload volume on Eastern railroads was up 3.7 percent compared with the same week last year. In the West, weekly carload volume was down 1.8 percent compared with the same week in 2010.

For the first 31 weeks of 2011, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,938,230 carloads, up 2.2 percent from the same point last year, and 6,987,350 trailers and containers, up 6.7 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 72,493 carloads for the week, up 2.3 percent compared with the same week last year, and 47,353 trailers and containers, down 4.3 percent compared with 2010. For the first 31 weeks of 2011, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,296,140 carloads, up 2.4 percent from the same point last year, and 1,461,867 trailers and containers, up 2.2 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 13,918 carloads for the week, up 1.6 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,034 trailers and containers, up 23.9 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 31 weeks of 2011 was 444,419 carloads, up 5 percent compared with the same point last year, and 247,706 trailers and containers, up 24.5 percent.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 31 weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 11,678,789 carloads, up 2.3 percent compared with the same point last year, and 8,696,923 trailers and containers, up 6.3 percent compared with last year.


About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world's leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak. Learn more at www.aar.org. Follow us on Twitter: AAR_FreightRail or Facebook: www.facebook.com/freightrail.

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