Weekly intermodal volume up 4.2%

September 5, 2013


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U.S. railroads’ intermodal volume for the week ended Aug. 31 totaled 259,672 containers and trailers, up 4.2% from the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. Railroads originated 302,026 carloads, up 3.1%. Total U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Aug. 31 was 561,698 carloads and intermodal units, up 3.6% compared with the same week last year.

Six of the 10 carload commodity groups tracked on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2012, including petroleum and petroleum products, up 22.5%; and motor vehicles and parts, up 12.8%. Groups showing a decrease in weekly traffic included metallic ores and metals, down 4.4%; and grain, down 0.6%.

For the first 35 weeks of 2013, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 8,520,242 intermodal units, up 3.6% from last year, and 9,780,754 carloads, down 1.1%. Total U.S. traffic for the first 35 weeks of 2013 was 18,300,996 carloads and intermodal units, up 1.0%.

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