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9/16/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

AAR weekly report: Hard to gauge Katrina's impact on U.S. roads' traffic



Hurricane Katrina’s effect on U.S. railroads’ traffic last week wasn’t apparent on a year-over-year basis because the comparative week in 2004 included Hurricane Francis’ aftereffects and both weeks included Labor Day. During the week ending Sept. 10, the roads moved 326,906 carloads, up 5.9 percent, and 204,817 trailers and containers, up 8.5 percent compared with the same 2004 week, according to the Association of American Railroads.

During 2005’s first 36 weeks, U.S. roads’ carloads totaling 11.97 million units and intermodal loads totaling 7.92 million units increased 1.4 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, compared with the same 2004 period. Total estimated volume of 1.15 trillion ton-miles rose 2.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Canadian railroads got off to a strong start in September. During the week ending Sept. 10, the roads boosted carloads 1.0 percent to 71,026 units and increased intermodal loads 8.4 percent to 40,968 units compared with the same 2004 week.

Canadian roads need to close out the third quarter on a high note. Through 36 weeks, their carloads totaling 2.71 million units dropped 0.4 percent and intermodal loads totaling 1.53 million units increased 2.8 percent compared with the same 2004 period.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis through 36 weeks, reporting U.S. and Canadian roads moved 14.7 million carloads, up 1.1 percent, and 8.4 million trailers and containers, up 5.7 percent compared with 2004’s first 36 weeks.

In Mexico, TFM S.A. de C.V. remains in a traffic slump. During the week ending Sept. 10, the road’s carloads dropped 14.8 percent to 7,969 units and intermodal loads fell 5.7 percent to 3,935 units compared with the same 2004 week. Through 36 weeks, TFM moved 304,432 carloads, down 1.6 percent, and 137,773 trailers and containers, up 4.4 percent compared with the same 2004 period.


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