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March 21, 2014 8:30 AM, EDT
Intermodal Rail Traffic Jumps 11.9% for Week
Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 11.9% in the week ended March 15 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 255,991 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said March 20 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 3.1% year-over-year to 289,375 carloads.

Seven of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain (21%). Commodity decreases included motor vehicles and parts (8%).

For the first 10 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 2.3% from the same period last year to 2,677,098 units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 1.7% to 3.3 million trailers and containers.