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8/14/2009



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AAR weekly report: North American railroads off to another slow traffic start in August


U.S. railroads’ traffic fortunes didn’t change in August’s first full week, which ended Aug. 8. They originated 274,633 carloads, down 16 percent, and 195,014 intermodal loads, down 16.6 percent compared with traffic levels from the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Canadian railroads’ weekly carload volume tumbled 27.2 percent to 55,404 units and intermodal volume plunged 20.1 percent to 38,135 units. Mexican railroads’ originated carload volume fell 12.7 percent to 11,533 units and intermodal volume dropped 10.5 percent to 6,005 units.

For more AAR data on North American railroads' traffic for the week ending Aug. 8 and through 2009's first 31 weeks, follow this link.


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