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7/19/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

AAR traffic update: U.S., Canadian roads continue to pump up volume past year's midpoint



Although the Independence Day holiday reduced U.S. railroads' freight traffic during the week ending July 10 compared with a similar 2003 week, traffic tallied just a tad past the year's midpoint remains well ahead of last year.

Through 27 weeks, U.S. roads moved 9,013,131 carloads, up 3.7 percent, and 5,514,125 containers and trailers, up 9.1 percent compared with similar 2003 data, according to Association of American Railroads data. Total estimated volume of 813.7 billion ton-miles rose 5 percent.

For Canadian railroads, carloads and intermodal loads totaling 1,816,170 and 1,116,778, respectively, during 2004's first 27 weeks increased 8.9 percent and 0.1 percent compared with last year.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 27 weeks, 15 reporting U.S. and Canadian roads moved 10,829,301 carloads, up 4.5 percent, and 6,630,903 trailers and containers, up 7.5 percent compared with similar 2003 data.

In Mexico, TFM S.A. de C.V.'s 27-week carloads and intermodal loads totaled 230,809 and 97,039, respectively, declining 1.2 percent and 0.4 percent compared with last year.


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