Intermodal Traffic Rises 5.2% for Week
Tom Biery/Trans PixsU.S. intermodal traffic rose 5.2% for the week ended Saturday from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.
Container traffic rose 7.6% to 219,882 units, while trailers fell 10% to 30,093, the rail trade group said in its weekly report.
Railroad carloads excluding intermodal declined 2.5% to 287,036 units, AAR said.
Railroad volume is considered an important economic indicator. Intermodal traffic, which tends to be higher-valued merchandise than bulk commodities, uses trains for the long haul and trucks for the shorter distance at either end of the trip.
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