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Intermodal Traffic Rose 6.5% for Week

Bruce Harmon/Trans Pixs

U.S. intermodal traffic rose 6.5% last week over the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Container traffic for the week ended Saturday rose 8.2% to 218,857 units, while trailers fell 4.2% to 30,256 units.

Railroad carloads — excluding intermodal — declined 3.4% to 292,732 units for the week, AAR said in its weekly report.

Railroad volume is considered an important economic indicator. Intermodal traffic, which tends to be higher-valued merchandise than bulk commodities, uses trains for the longhaul and trucks for the shorter distance at either end of the trip.

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