U.S. railroads' carloads dipped 0.2 percent to 342,187 units compared with the same 2004 period during the week ending March 26.
The week included Good Friday, a holiday for many U.S. carriers, and the year-ago week did not, the Association of American Railroads said in its review. Railroads still increased weekly intermodal traffic 1.2 percent, moving 211,228 trailers and containers.
During 2005's first 12 weeks, U.S. carriers moved 4,052,550 carloads, up 2.6 percent, and 2,576,994 trailers and containers, up 8.5 percent compared with last year. Total estimated volume of 376.4 billion ton-miles rose 3.4 percent.
Good Friday had a larger impact on Canadian railroads' traffic. During the week ending March 26, the roads' carloads totaling 65,851 units and intermodal loads totaling 42,082 units dropped 7.4 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively, compared with the same 2004 week. Through 12 weeks, Canadian railroads boosted carloads 1.6 percent to 795,200 units and increased intermodal loads 6 percent to 496,743 units compared with last year.
On a combined cumulative-volume basis though 12 weeks, 15 reporting U.S. and Canadian roads moved 4,847,750 carloads, up 2.4 percent, and 3,073,737 trailers and containers, up 8.1 percent from a year ago.
Carloads for Mexico's TFM S.A. de C.V. totaled 7,101 units, off 20.4 percent and intermodal loads totaled 2,262 units, down 39.8 percent compared with the same 2004 week. Through 12 weeks, the railroad moved 102,270 cars, up 3.6 percent, and 44,422 trailers and containers, up 6.6 percent compared with last year.