April 11, 2014 9:45 AM, EDT

Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 12.6% For Week

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U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 12.6% in the week ended April 5 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 261,084 intermodal trailers and containers that week, AAR said April 10 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 5.4% year-over-year to 296,039 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by grain (16.8%). The only commodity decrease was forest products (0.7%).

For the first 14 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 4.4% from the same period last year to 3,464,083 units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 4% to 4.3 million trailers and containers.