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August 22, 2014 8:30 AM, EDT
Intermodal Traffic Rises for Week
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U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 5.4% in the week ended Aug. 16 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 270,316 intermodal trailers and containers, AAR said Aug. 21 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 2.8% year-over-year to 304,276 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by petroleum and petroleum products at 19.5%. Coal declined 3.3%.

For the first 33 weeks, intermodal volume has increased 5.8% from the same period last year to 8.5 million units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.9% to 10.7 million trailers and containers.