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May 30, 2014 8:40 AM, EDT
Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 8.6% for Week
Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 8.6% in the week ended May 24 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 269,444 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said May 29 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 6.8% year-over-year to 300,936 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups that AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain at 24.4%.

For the first 21 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 5.6% from the same period last year to 5,322,963 units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.5% to 6.7 million trailers and containers.