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10/23/2006



Rail News: Intermodal

U.S. railroads register ninth-highest weekly intermodal volume, AAR says



During the week ending Oct. 14, U.S. railroads moved 250,693 trailers and containers — the ninth-highest weekly volume on record, according to Association of American Railroads data. The roads also originated 340,114 carloads, up 4.5 percent compared with the same 2005 week.

Through 2006’s first 41 weeks, U.S. railroads originated 13.8 million carloads, up 1.5 percent, and 9.7 million trailers and containers, up 6 percent compared with similar 2005 data. Total estimated volume of 1.37 trillion ton-miles rose 2.8 percent.

Canadian railroads also increased intermodal traffic during the week ending Oct. 14. The roads moved 45,659 trailers and containers, up 3.4 percent compared with the same 2005 week. However, originated carloads totaling 74,244 units decreased 2.2 percent.

Through 41 weeks, Canadian railroads originated 3.1 million carloads, down 1.2 percent, and 1.9 million trailers and containers, up 5.7 percent compared with similar 2005 data.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 41 weeks, 13 reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads boosted carloads 1 percent to 16.9 million units and increased intermodal traffic 6 percent to 11.6 million units compared with 2005’s first 41 weeks.

In Mexico, Kansas City Southern de México S.A. de C.V. reported total weekly carload volume of 12,947 cars, up 10.1 percent, and total intermodal volume of 4,229 trailers and containers, up 3.8 percent compared with the same 2005 week. Through 41 weeks, the railroad’s total cumulative carload volume of 466,580 units decreased 3.5 percent and total cumulative intermodal volume of 163,959 units dropped 3.2 percent compared with similar 2005 data.


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