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May 08, 2017

Canadian railways freight traffic still climbing at the end of April

According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Canadian railroads reported 83,214 carloads for the week ending April 29, 2017, up 16 percent, and 66,264 intermodal units, up 9.8 percent compared with the same week in 2016.

For the first 17 weeks of 2017, Canadian railroads reported cumulative rail traffic volume of 2,403,552 carloads, containers and trailers, up 9.8 percent.

Carloads in the United States for the same week totaled 258,476 carloads, up 6 percent compared with the same week in 2016, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 269,354 containers and trailers, up 4.2 percent compared to 2016.

North American rail volume for the week ending April 29, 2017, on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian and Mexican railroads totaled 358,834 carloads, up 8 percent compared with the same week last year, and 346,706 intermodal units, up 4.7 percent compared with last year.

Source: AAR