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AAR: North American rail traffic remains in doldrums


The double-digit traffic declines continued for U.S. railroads last week. During the week ending May 16, their carloads tumbled 25.3 percent to 247,258 units and intermodal volume fell 19.4 percent to 188,435 units compared with totals from the same 2008 period, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Canadian railroads reported weekly carloads totaling 52,712 units, down 32 percent, and intermodal volume totaling 40,155 containers and trailers, down 17.4 percent.

Mexican railroads’ weekly carloads declined 9.2 percent to 11,728 units and intermodal volume decreased 11.3 percent to 5,547 units.

For more information on North American railroads' traffic through 2009's first 19 weeks and during the week ending May 16, follow this link.

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