Weekly intermodal volume up 7.7%

February 14, 2013


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U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended Feb. 9 totaled 244,679 containers and trailers, up 7.7% compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. Railroads originated 273,369 carloads, down 2.3%. Total U.S. traffic for the week was 518,048 carloads and intermodal units, up 2.2%.

For the first six weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,413,309 intermodal units, up 5.7% from last year, and 1,612,973 carloads, down 5.7%. Total U.S. traffic for the first six weeks of 2013 was 3,026,282 carloads and intermodal units, down 0.7%.

Six of the ten carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum products, up 65%; and nonmetallic minerals and products, up 14%. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included grain, down 17.3%; and metallic ores and metals, down 13.5%.

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