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Rail traffic | May 9, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

AAR: U.S. roads ramped up traffic in April

U.S. traffic data for April shows railroads began to rebound from the trying winter months, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Carload originations rose 6.4 percent to 1,481,586 and intermodal volume climbed 9 percent to 1,316,176 units compared with April 2013 figures.

Intermodal traffic logged a year-over-year gain for the 53rd straight month and the weekly average of 263,235 units was the highest for any April in history and the second-highest for any month, AAR officials said in a press release.

Fourteen of 20 commodity categories registered increases, led by grain at 27.6 percent, crushed stone, sand and gravel at 9.5 percent, petroleum/petroleum products at 7.6 percent and coal at 6.4 percent. Metallic ores volume tumbled 27 percent and food products traffic dipped 3 percent.

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