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AAR weekly report: North American railroads continue to register traffic declines into July


One thing’s different about the Association American Railroads’ traffic report for the week ending July 4: CN’s carload data now incorporates the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway. And one thing’s the same: North American railroads continue to register traffic declines.

For the week, U.S railroads originated 241,240 carloads, down 15.6 percent, and 169,290 containers and trailers, down 12.8 percent compared with data from the same week last year.

Canadian railroads reported 56,888 carloads, down 20.5 percent, and 36,280 intermodal loads, down 18.7 percent, while Mexican railroads reported 11,347 carloads, down 40.2 percent, and 4,611 intermodal loads, down 42 percent.

For more information on North American railroads' traffic through 2009's first 26 weeks and during the week ending July 4, follow this link.

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