US railroads reported 295,294 carloads in week ended April 12, up 7.2% year-over-year, 264,382 intermodal units, up 9.3%; Canadian railroads reported 78,691 carloads for week, down 4.5%, 58,993 intermodal units, up 9.7%: AAR

WASHINGTON , April 18, 2014 (press release) – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending April 12, 2014 with 295,294 total U.S. carloads, up 7.2 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 264,382 units, up 9.3 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 559,676 carloads and intermodal units, up 8.2 percent compared with the same week last year.

Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 20,760 carloads, up 21.7 percent, and coal with 115,403 carloads, up 11.2 percent. The commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year were metallic ores and metals with 22,409 carloads, down 3.9 percent, and forest products with 11,034 carloads, down 1.5 percent.

For the first 15 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 4,194,072 carloads, up 1.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 3,728,465 intermodal units, up 4.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 15 weeks of 2014 was 7,922,537 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.1 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 78,691 carloads for the week, down 4.5 percent, and 58,993 intermodal units, up 9.7 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 15 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,092,584 carloads, down 6.8 percent from the same point last year, and 787,348 intermodal units, up 2.9 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,440 carloads for the week, up 1.5 percent compared with the same week last year, and 9,686 intermodal units, down 4.1 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 15 weeks of 2014 was 226,629 carloads, up 2 percent from the same point last year, and 142,469 intermodal units, up 0.6 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 15 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 5,513,285 carloads, down 0.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 4,658,282 intermodal trailers and containers, up 4.3 percent compared with last year.

WEEKLY RAIL TRAFFIC CHARTS (PDF)

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