July 25, 2014 8:45 AM, EDT
Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 5.6% for Week

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 5.6% in the week ended July 19 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 267,675 intermodal trailers and containers, AAR said July 24 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 7.6% year-over-year to 299,256 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by motor vehicles and parts at 46%. Coal declined 0.4%.

For the first 29 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 6% from the same period last year to 7.4 million units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 6% to 9.3 million trailers and containers.