US rail traffic for week ended May 10 rose 5.6% year-over-year to 296,813 carloads as intermodal volume climbed 7.7% to 267,283 units; seven of 10 carload commodity groups posted yearly increases, including grain with 20,220 carloads, up 29.7%: AAR

WASHINGTON , May 16, 2014 (press release) – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported increased U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 10, 2014 with 296,813 total U.S. carloads, up 5.6 percent compared with the same week last year. Total U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 267,283 units, up 7.7 percent compared with the same week last year. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was 564,096 carloads and intermodal units, up 6.6 percent compared with the same week last year.

Seven of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain with 20,220 carloads, up 29.7 percent, and nonmetallic minerals and products with 38,941 carloads, up 13 percent. The commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year were led by chemicals with 30,406 carloads, down 2.2 percent.

For the first 19 weeks of 2014, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,381,138 carloads, up 2.6 percent compared with the same point last year, and 4,786,458 intermodal units, up 5.4 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 19 weeks of 2014 was 10,167,596 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.9 percent from last year.

Canadian railroads reported 86,451 carloads for the week, up 10.3 percent, and 61,161 intermodal units, up 14.7 percent compared with the same week in 2013. For the first 19 weeks of 2014, Canadian railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,432,479 carloads, down 4.3 percent from the same point last year, and 1,029,793 intermodal units, up 4.7 percent from last year.

Mexican railroads reported 15,971 carloads for the week, up 7.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,923 intermodal units, up 13.8 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 19 weeks of 2014 was 287,239 carloads, up 1.9 percent from the same point last year, and 182,367 intermodal units, up 2.3 percent from last year.

Combined North American rail volume for the first 19 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 7,100,856 carloads, up 1.1 percent compared with the same point last year, and 5,998,618 intermodal trailers and containers, up 5.2 percent compared with last year.

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