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Intermodal Traffic Gains 3.8% for Week


Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

U.S. intermodal traffic rose 3.8% last week over the same week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Container traffic for the week ended Saturday rose 6.2% to 220,740 units, while trailers fell 11.1% to 30,379 units.

Railroad carloads — excluding intermodal — fell 6.3% to 283,440 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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