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4/25/2003



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

U.S. roads' carload, intermodal traffic on uptick, AAR says


So far, so good for U.S. railroads. Through 2003's first 16 weeks, the roads moved 5,088,370 carloads, up 0.7 percent, and 2,909,913 trailers and containers, up 8.2 percent, compared with the same 2002 period, according to recent Association of American Railroads data.


Total volume of an estimated 452.3 billion ton miles also increased (0.8 percent) compared with 2002's first 16 weeks.


For Canadian roads, year-over-year carloads dropped 1.0 percent to 982,867, while trailer and container moves rose 11.2 percent to 636,284.


On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 16 weeks, 15 reporting U.S. and Canadian roads moved 6,071,237 carloads, up 0.4 percent, and 3,546,197 trailers and containers, increasing 8.8 percent, compared with a similar 2002 period.


Meanwhile, TFM S.A de C.V. through 16 weeks originated 140,938 carloads (up 6.0 percent), and 56,843 trailers or containers (rising 44.0 percent).


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