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AAR data shows carload and intermodal volume up in Canada, down in U.S. during latest week


The tough sledding continues for U.S. railroads. A week after registering their best traffic output so far in 2007, the roads’ carloads and intermodal volume fell.

During the week ending March 17, U.S. railroads originated 329,185 carloads, down 1.1 percent, and 213,512 trailers and containers, down 7 percent compared with 2006 data, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Although non-metallic minerals and coal carloads rose 17.5 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively, metallic ores carloads plummeted 51.9 percent, and lumber and wood products traffic dropped 25 percent.

During 2007’s first 11 weeks, U.S. railroads originated 3.5 million carloads, down 4.7 percent, and 2.5 million trailers and containers, up 0.9 percent compared with 2006 data. Total estimated volume of 353.2 billion ton-miles declined 3.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Canadian railroads continued to build traffic. During the week ending March 17, the roads boosted carloads 2.9 percent to 79,769 units and increased intermodal volume 0.7 percent to 43,999 units compared with traffic in 2006’s 11th week.

Through 11 weeks, Canadian railroads’s carloads totaled 818,233 units, down 3.6 percent, and intermodal volume totaled 470,255 trailers and containers, down 0.1 percent compared with last year.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 11 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads originated 4.3 million carloads, down 4.5 percent, and 3 million trailers and containers, up 0.7 percent compared with 2006 data.

In Mexico, Kansas City Southern de México S. de R.L. de C.V.’s total carloads the week of March 17 decreased 13.6 percent to 10,450 units and total intermodal volume increased 8.3 percent to 4,111 units compared with last year. Through 11 weeks, the railroad’s carloads totaled 114,032 units, down 8.2 percent, and intermodal loads totaled 45,087 units, up 7.6 percent.

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