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July 18, 2014 8:45 AM, EDT
Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 3.2% for Week
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U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 3.2% in the week ended July 12 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 256,256 intermodal trailers and containers, AAR said July 17 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 4.8% year-over-year to 290,607 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by motor vehicles and parts at 64.7%. Coal declined 5.3%.

For the first 28 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 6% from the same period last year to 7.1 million units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 2.8% to 10.6 million trailers and containers.