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August 15, 2014 9:45 AM, EDT
Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 3.2% to 266,153 Units
Steve Crise/BNSF Railway

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 3.2% in the week ended Aug. 9 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 266,153 intermodal trailers and containers, AAR said Aug. 14 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 4.5% year-over-year to 301,755 carloads.

Eight of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led petroleum products at 32.1%. Coal declined 2.6% and farm products excluding gain and food dipped 1.3%.

For the first 32 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 5.8% from the same period last year to 8.2 million units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.9% to 10.3 million trailers and containers.