March 28, 2014 8:30 AM, EDT

Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 10.6% for Week

Mike Fuentes/Bloomberg News

U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 10.6% in the week ended March 22 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 260,713 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said March 27 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 4.5% year-over-year to 291,525 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain (16%). The only commodity decrease was chemicals (0.2%).

For the first 12 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 2.4% from the same period last year to 2,937,811 units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 2.4% to 3.6 million trailers and containers.