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Sector Rail Traffic Rises Despite Storms

11:37 AM MST | February 18, 2010 | Vincent Valk

Chemicals sector rail traffic in North America rose 10.4% year-on-year last week, to 43,677 cars, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) says. U.S. traffic rose 5.4%, to 27,544 cars. Canadian traffic was up 20.8%, to 14,948 cars, while Mexican traffic rose 13.6%, to 1,185 cars. Traffic rose from the prior week's totals. However, the U.S. saw a sequential decline largely due to major snowstorms on the East Coast, AAR says. Overall North American freight rail traffic was down 4.6% year-on-year last week, to 342,147 cars. The snowstorms in the eastern U.S. were...

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