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AAR reports weekly rail traffic for week ending November 12, 2016

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 12, 2016.

For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 541,127 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.5 percent compared with the same week last year.  

Total carloads for the week ending November 12 were 272,131 carloads, up 0.5 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 268,996 containers and trailers, down 1.4 percent compared to 2015.  

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They included grain, up 23 percent to 26,817 carloads; miscellaneous carloads, up 5.4 percent to 9,566 carloads; and metallic ores and metals, up 5.2 percent to 21,806 carloads. Commodity groups that posted decreases compared with the same week in 2015 included petroleum and petroleum products, down 15.4 percent to 11,146 carloads; forest products, down 5.6 percent to 9,677 carloads; and motor vehicles and parts, down 5.4 percent to 17,227 carloads.  

For the first 45 weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 11,347,603 carloads, down 9.6 percent from the same point last year; and 11,700,543 intermodal units, down 2.9 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first 45 weeks of 2016 was 23,048,146 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 6.3 percent compared to last year.  

North American rail volume for the week ending November 12, 2016, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 367,832 carloads, up 2.2 percent compared with the same week last year, and 339,727 intermodal units, down 1.2 percent compared with last year. Total combined weekly rail traffic in North America was 707,559 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.5 percent. North American rail volume for the first 45 weeks of 2016 was 30,168,723 carloads and intermodal units, down 5.8 percent compared with 2015.  

Canadian railroads reported 80,975 carloads for the week, up 8.6 percent, and 60,237 intermodal units, up 1.1 percent compared with the same week in 2015. For the first 45 weeks of 2016, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 5,908,489 carloads, containers and trailers, down 4.7percent.  

Mexican railroads reported 14,726 carloads for the week, down 0.4 percent compared with the same week last year, and 10,494 intermodal units, down 8.2 percent. Cumulative volume on Mexican railroads for the first 45 weeks of 2016 was 1,212,088 carloads and intermodal containers and trailers, down 2.1 percent from the same point last year.

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