U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 7.6% in the week ended April 19 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.
Railroads moved 259,113 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said April 24 in its weekly report.
Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 5.1% year-over-year to 290,713 carloads.
Six of the 10 commodity groups that AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain (36.9%). Metallic ores and metals declined by 8.9%.
For the first 16 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 5% from the same period last year to 3,987,587 units.
Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 4.5% to 4.98 million trailers and containers.