August 1, 2014 8:40 AM, EDT

Weekly Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 3.3% to More Than 260,000 Units


U.S. rail intermodal traffic increased 3.3% in the week ended July 26 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Railroads moved 264,809 intermodal trailers and containers, AAR said July 31 in its weekly report.

Rail carload volume, which excludes intermodal units, increased 4.3% year-over-year to 306,988 carloads.

Nine of the 10 commodity groups AAR tracks increased over last year, led by motor vehicles and parts at 20.3%. Coal declined 5.7%.

For the first 30 weeks of the year, intermodal volume has increased 5.9% from the same period last year to 7.7 million units.

Year-to-date, intermodal volume for all of North America increased 5.9% to 9.6 million trailers and containers.