US rail traffic increased 1.3% year-over-year in week ended Feb. 22 to 281,678 carloads as intermodal volume rose 6.4% to 253,358 units; Canadian railroads reported 70,152 carloads for week, down 9.8%, 53,162 intermodal units, up 3.5%: AAR

WASHINGTON , February 28, 2014 (press release) – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 22, 2014 with 281,678 total U.S. carloads, up 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 253,358 units, up 6.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 535,036 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.7 percent compared with the same week last year.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 22,076 carloads, up 29.7 percent. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included coal with 109,295 carloads, down 3.9 percent.

For the first eight weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 2,158,748 carloads, down 0.5 percent from the same point last year, and 1,919,382 intermodal units, up 0.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first eight weeks of 2014 was 4,078,130 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.1 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 70,152 carloads for the week, down 9.8 percent, and 53,162 intermodal units, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first eight weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 564,084 carloads, down 7.4 percent from the same point last year, and 401,308 intermodal units, down 1.4 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 16,003 carloads for the week, down 2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,818 intermodal units, down 1.4 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first eight weeks of 2014 was 117,715 carloads, up 2 percent from the same point last year, and 76,405 intermodal units, up 0.5 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first eight weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 2,840,547carloads, down 1.9 percent compared with the same point last year, and 2,397,095 intermodal trailers and containers, up 0.5 percent compared with last year.

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