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9/2/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

AAR traffic data: U.S. roads post second-highest weekly intermodal record, Canadian roads register carload rebound



Another week, another traffic record for U.S. railroads. During the week ending Aug. 27, the roads moved 237,135 trailers and containers — a 4.9 percent increase compared with the same 2004 week and the roads’ second-highest weekly intermodal volume, trailing only the week of Nov. 20, 2004, according to the Association of American Railroads.

However, there wasn’t a cause for celebration with weekly carloads, which dropped 1.6 percent to 339,194 units compared with the same 2004 week.

During 2005’s first 34 weeks, U.S. roads moved 11.3 million carloads, up 1.4 percent, and 7.4 million trailers and containers, up 6.2 percent compared with the same 2004 period. Total estimated volume of 1.08 trillion ton-miles rose 2.2 percent.

After slumping in the carload department for many weeks, Canadian railroads posted a gain during the week ending Aug. 27. Carloads totaling 77,775 units rose 1.9 percent compared with the same 2004 week. Intermodal traffic increased during the week, too, rising 7.3 percent to 45,558 units.

During 2005’s first 34 weeks, Canadian roads moved 2.5 million carloads, down 0.4 percent, and 1.4 million trailers and containers, up 2.6 percent compared with the same 2004 period.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 34 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian roads boosted carloads 1.0 percent to 13.9 million units and increased intermodal loads 5.6 percent to 8.9 million units compared with 2004’s first 34 weeks.

In Mexico, TFM S.A. de C.V. continued to post traffic losses. During the week ending Aug. 27, carloads totaling 8,027 units and intermodal loads totaling 4,057 units dropped 7.4 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively, compared with the same 2004 week. Through 34 weeks, TFM moved 288,567 carloads, down 0.8 percent, and 129,937 trailers and containers, up 5.4 percent compared with the same 2004 period.


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