Information published on 3 March 2015 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 438.

AAR, United States: AAR reports weekly rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 14, 2015

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported on 18 February 2015 U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 14, 2015.

Total U.S. weekly rail traffic for the week was 525,224 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.5 percent compared with the same week last year.

Total carloads for the week ending Feb. 14, 2015 were 288,959 carloads, up 6.7 percent compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 236,265 containers and trailers, down 0.1 percent compared to 2014.

All 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2014, led by grain, up 21.5 percent to 23,262 carloads; nonmetallic minerals, up 17.9 percent to 31,428 carloads; and chemicals, up 9.3 percent to 31,878 carloads.
For the first six weeks of 2015, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,723,449 carloads, up 5.7 percent from the same point last year, and 1,479,247 intermodal units, which was flat compared to last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first six weeks of 2015 was 3,202,696 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.0 percent from last year.
North American rail volume for the week ending Feb. 14, 2015 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 381,404 carloads, up 6.8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 307,410 intermodal units, up 1.9 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 688,814 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 percent. North American rail volume for the first six weeks of 2015 was 4,180,711 carloads and intermodal units, up 4.5 compared with 2014.

Canadian railroads reported 76,871 carloads for the week, up 7.8 percent, and 60,512 intermodal units, up 9.5 percent compared with the same week in 2014. For the first six weeks of 2015, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 818,816 carloads, containers and trailers, up 11.1 percent.

Mexican railroads reported 15,574 carloads for the week, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,633 intermodal units, up 8.2 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first six weeks of 2015 was 159,199 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, up 3.5 percent from the same point last year.

(Source: AAR)