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AAR traffic report: Tough sledding continues for North American railroads in March's first week


March came in like a lamb as far as U.S railroads are concerned. During the month’s first week ending March 8, their carloads totaling 275,105 units dropped 15 percent and intermodal volume totaling 180,047 units tumbled 12.7 percent compared with totals from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Canadian railroads’ weekly carloads plunged 18.3 percent to 61,186 units and intermodal traffic fell 12.1 percent to 37,332 units, while Mexican railroads’ weekly carloads declined 4.8 percent to 11,430 units and intermodal volume plummeted 27.5 percent to 4,209 units.

To obtain more data from the AAR’s week No. 9 traffic report, follow this link.

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