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AAR tallies weekly carload totals, releases online traffic trends report


The year’s 28th week wasn’t much different than the preceding 27 for U.S. railroads. During the week ending July 18, their carloads dropped 17.9 percent to 268,553 units and intermodal volume fell 18.8 percent to 189,541 units compared with totals from the same week last year, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data.

Canadian railroads reported weekly carload volume of 57,810 units, down 24.4 percent, and intermodal volume of 40,198 units, down 22.3 percent year over year. Mexican railroads’ weekly carloads and intermodal volume declined 7.3 percent to 12,543 units and 21.1 percent to 5,365 units, respectively.

For more information on North American railroads' traffic for the week ending July 18 and through 2009's first 28 weeks, follow this link.

Earlier this week, the AAR also released the June “Rail Time Indicators” report and launched a new online video summary.

Available on the association’s Web site at, the monthly report combines rail traffic data with more than 15 key U.S. economic indicators, including consumer confidence, housing starts and industrial production. Also available on the AAR’s Web site, the monthly video summary highlights trends from data the AAR collects on 19 major commodities hauled by North American railroads.