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June 20, 2014 8:40 AM, EDT
Weekly Intermodal Rail Volume Rises to Highest on Record
Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 6.3% in the week ended June 14, to the highest week on record, compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 270,243 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said June 19 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 2.2% year-over-year to 295,132 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups that AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain at 22.3%.

For the first 24 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 5.8% from the same period last year to 6.1 million units.

Year to date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.7% to 7.67 million trailers and containers.