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AAR weekly report: North American railroads register slight traffic gain


Even though last week included Veterans Day, U.S railroads registered a slight uptick in traffic vs. the previous week, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). During the week ending Nov. 14, they originated 281,218 carloads, down 8.9 percent compared with the same week in 2008 — which also included the veterans’ holiday — but up 2.3 percent from the previous week’s volume.

U.S. roads also originated 208,056 containers and trailers, down 7.7 year over year, but up 0.6 percent week over week.

Canadian railroads reported weekly volume of 71,802 carloads, up 0.9 percent, and 41,443 intermodal loads, down 10.9 percent compared with totals from the same 2008 period. Mexican railroads’ weekly carloads rose 1.3 percent to 12,721 units, but intermodal volume fell 2.8 percent to 6,775 units.

For more AAR data on North American railroads' traffic for the week ending Nov. 14 and through 2009’s first 45 weeks, follow this link.

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