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Another week, another discouraging traffic outcome for North American roads, AAR report shows


There wasn’t a holiday or stretch of severe weather during the week ending April 18, yet U.S. railroads’ traffic still remained way off 2008’s pace. They originated 255,269 carloads, down 24.3 percent, and 183,141 intermodal loads, down 23.2 percent vs. last year, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Canadian railroads reported 58,833 carloads, down 25.2 percent, and 41,421 containers and trailers, down 17 percent year over year. Mexican railroads’ weekly carload volume dropped 9.8 percent to 10,722 units and intermodal volume fell 21.9 percent to 4,997 units.

For more breakdowns on North American roads’ week No. 15 and year-to-date traffic figures, follow this link.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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