Thursday, July 16, 2009

Carloadings up slightly from previous weeks

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The Association of American Railroads Thursday reported that rail traffic remains down year over year for the week ended July 11, 2009. Carloadings were at their highest level in 14 weeks. U.S. railroads originated 262,210 cars, down 17.9% compared with the same week in 2008.

Intermodal volume of 176,887 trailers or containers was down 23.7% from the same week last year. Total for the week ending July 11 was estimated at 28 billion ton-miles, off 16.9% from last year.

Canadian railroads reported volume of 58,741 cars for the week, down 24.6% from last year, and 39,945 trailers or containers, down 21.4%.

Mexican railroads reported originated volume of 11,430 cars, down 12.5% from last year, and 4,725 trailers or containers, off 23.7%.