According to the Association of American Railroads report released Feb. 21, 2013 carload volume was down 1.2 percent for the week ending Feb. 16, 2013 compared to the same point last year. However, intermodal volume was up 13.6 percent compared to the same week in 2012. Total U.S. traffic was up 5.3 percent for the week compared to last year.
Canadian railroads reported a 1.5 percent increase in carload volume for the week ending Feb. 16, 2013 compared to the same week last year. There was also a 5.7 percent increase in intermodal volume for the week compared to the same week in 2012.
Mexican railroads reported that both carload and intermodal volume were up for the week compared to last year. Carload volume increase 11.5 percent, and intermodal was up up 1.3 percent.
The combined North American carload volume for the first seven weeks of 2013 was down 3.2 percent compared with the same point last year. Intermodal volume was up 6.1 percent compared to 2012.