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AAR: Carload, intermodal volume down for U.S. roads in September's second week

U.S. railroads' traffic didn't rebound after Labor Day. During the week ending Sept. 13, their carloads totaling 329,836 units decreased 2.4 percent and intermodal volume totaling 236,877 units dropped 6.1 percent compared with totals from the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads data.

Through 37 weeks, U.S. railroads originated 12 million carloads, up 0.1 percent, and 8.3 million containers and trailers, down 2 percent vs. totals from 2007's first 37 weeks. Total volume rose 1.2 percent to an estimated 1.25 trillion ton-miles.

Canadian railroads fared much better during the week ending Sept. 13. Although their carloads declined 3 percent to 76,544 units, their intermodal volume increased 4.6 percent to 53,006 units — the highest weekly total since the AAR began reporting Canadian data in 1996.

Through 37 weeks, Canadian railroads originated 2.7 million carloads, down 4 percent, and 1.8 million containers and trailers, up 4.2 percent year over year.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 37 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads registered 14.8 million carloads, down 0.7 percent, and 10 million containers and trailers, down 1.8 percent compared with totals from the same 2007 period.

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