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AAR weekly report: North American railroads report smaller year-over-year traffic declines


During the week ending Sept. 19, U.S. railroads originated 282,341 carloads, down 9.6 percent compared with volume from the same week last year — a smaller year-over-year decline than the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). However, the comparable week in 2008 included traffic disruptions caused by Hurricane Ike, so it’s difficult to gauge if carloads are beginning to strengthen in September.

Intermodal volume in week No. 37 totaled 205,137 units, down 12.4 percent year over year.

For the week ending Sept. 19, Canadian railroads reported 68,134 carloads, down 10.7 percent, and 45,859 containers and trailers, down 11.4 percent. Mexican railroads reported 10,836 carloads, down 0.8 percent, and 6,223 intermodal loads, down 7.8 percent.

For more AAR data on North American railroads' traffic for the week ending Sept. 19 and through 2009's first 37 weeks, follow this link.

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