Weekly intermodal volume up 3.5%

August 29, 2013


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U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended Aug. 24 totaled 257,080 trailers and containers — up 3.5% from the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. Railroads originated 291,889 carloads, down 1.7%. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week was 548,969 combined carloads and intermodal units, up 0.7%.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, led by petroleum and petroleum products with 12,764 carloads, up 15.3%. Commodities showing a decrease compared with the same week last year included grain with 15,925 carloads, down 15.3%.

For the first 34 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,260,570 intermodal units, up 3.5 percent from last year, and 9,478,728 carloads, down 1.2%. Total U.S. traffic for the first 34 weeks of 2013 was 17,739,298 carloads and intermodal units, up 0.9%.

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