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March 14, 2014 8:30 AM, EDT
Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 3.7% for Week
Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 3.7% in the week ended March 8 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 244,015 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said March 13 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, declined 1% year-over-year to 274,480 carloads.

Five of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by petroleum and petroleum products (11.3%). Commodity decreases included motor vehicles and parts (6.7%).

For the first 10 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 1.4% from the same period last year to 2,421,107 units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 0.9% to 3 million trailers and containers.