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8/12/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

AAR: U.S. roads continue to boost traffic; Canadian roads, TFM report mixed results



It’s a different week, but the same story for U.S. railroads. During the week ending Aug. 6, U.S. roads boosted carloads to 330,667 units, up 1 percent, and intermodal loads to 230,013, up 7.6 percent compared with the same 2004 period, according to Association of American Railroads data.

Through 2005’s first 31 weeks, U.S. roads moved 10,288,113 carloads and 6,775,690 intermodal loads, up 1.4 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively. The total estimated volume of 983.4 billion ton-miles represented a 2.3 percent increase.

Meanwhile, Canadian roads last week carried 72,437 carloads, up 5.3 percent, and 39,725 intermodal loads, down 3.3 percent compared with 2004. Through 31 weeks, Canadian railroads increased carloads 0.4 percent to 2,345,758 units and intermodal loads, 2.1 percent to 1,306,424 units.

On a combined cumulative volume basis, U.S. and Canadian roads carried 12,633,871 carloads, up 1.1 percent compared with last year, and 8,082,114 trailers and containers, up 5.4 percent.

In Mexico, TFM S.A. de C.V.’s carloads dropped 2.8 percent to 8,553 units but intermodal volume increased 0.8 percent to 3,801 trailers and containers. Year-to-date carloads were up 0.2 percent and intermodal loads, 6.7 percent.


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