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AAR weekly report: North American rail traffic ends October with a thud


U.S. railroads ended October with another tough week on the traffic front. During the week ending Oct. 31, they originated 275,439 carloads, down 13.7 percent and 18.2 percent compared with carloads from the same period in 2008 and 2007, respectively, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

U.S. roads’ intermodal volume totaled 203,860 containers and trailers, down 15.5 percent from the year-ago period and 14.5 percent from 2007’s level.

During the week ending Oct. 31, Canadian railroads originated 71,023 carloads, down 8.7 percent, and 42,869 intermodal loads, down 12.2 percent compared with totals from the same 2008 period. Mexican railroads reported 12,952 cars, down 17.2 percent, and 7,087 containers and trailers, down 0.5 percent.

For more AAR data on North American railroads' traffic for the week ending Oct. 31 and through 2009’s first 43 weeks, follow this link.

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