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12/1/2009



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

U.S. roads reach highest weekly carload total in '09, AAR says


During the week ending Nov. 21, U.S. railroads originated 287,087 carloads — the highest weekly level so far this year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carloads, which fell 6.8 percent compared with volume from the same week last year, declined 8.8 percent in the West and 3.8 percent in the East. U.S. roads also originated 213,382 containers and trailers, down 3.1 percent year over year.

Canadian railroads reported weekly volume of 72,120 carloads, down 4.5 percent, and 43,085 intermodal loads, down 7.3 percent compared with volumes from the same week last year. Mexican railroads’ weekly carloadings rose 1.3 percent to 11,992 units and intermodal volume increased 9.7 percent to 6,410 units.

For more AAR data on North American railroads' traffic for the week ending Nov. 21 and through 2009’s first 46 weeks, follow this link.


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