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3/27/2009



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

U.S., Canadian roads continue to sing the traffic blues, AAR data shows


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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) summed it up best in its week No. 11 traffic report: Rail traffic continues to reflect the slow economy.

During the week ending March 21, U.S. railroads originated 276,030 carloads, down 14.7 percent, and 183,795 intermodal loads, down 12.9 percent compared with totals from the same week last year, according to AAR data.

Canadian railroads’ weekly carload volume plunged 22 percent to 60,774 units and intermodal volume declined 13.2 percent to 38,326 units.

However, Mexican railroads had a good week — make that very good. The country’s two largest railroads originated 10,795 cars, up 53.9 percent, and 4,003 containers and trailers, up 26.4 percent.

For more data from the AAR’s weekly report, follow this link.


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