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North American Rail, Intermodal Traffic Increases as Winter Ends

United States freight carload traffic gained ground during the week ending March 16, 2013, up 0.5 percent measured against the comparable week in 2012, said the Association of American Railroads.

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U.S. intermodal volume for the week also rose, up 0.7 percent compared with the same week last year"”a relatively modest gain for the sector given its long-term rise, but nonetheless continuing its overall winning streak.

Combined U.S. traffic for the week was up 0.6 percent compared with the same week last year, AAR said. Five of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR measures posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum products, up 58.3 percent, and motor vehicles and parts, up 15.6 percent. Commodities showing a decrease were led by grain, down 19.2 percent.

Canadian freight carload volume for the week ending March 16 advanced two percent measured against the comparable week in 2012, while Canadian intermodal notched a gain of 8.1 percent. Mexican freight carload volume rose 8.7 percent for the week compared with 2012, while Mexican intermodal proved the North American spoiler for the week, down 10 percent.

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U.S. intermodal volume for the week also rose, up 0.7 percent compared with the same week last year"”a relatively modest gain for the sector given its long-term rise, but nonetheless continuing its overall winning streak.

Combined U.S. traffic for the week was up 0.6 percent compared with the same week last year, AAR said. Five of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR measures posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum products, up 58.3 percent, and motor vehicles and parts, up 15.6 percent. Commodities showing a decrease were led by grain, down 19.2 percent.

Canadian freight carload volume for the week ending March 16 advanced two percent measured against the comparable week in 2012, while Canadian intermodal notched a gain of 8.1 percent. Mexican freight carload volume rose 8.7 percent for the week compared with 2012, while Mexican intermodal proved the North American spoiler for the week, down 10 percent.

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