U.S. intermodal volume advanced 7.8% when measured against the comparable week in 2013, while U.S. freight carload traffic also rose, up 0.9%. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic was up 4.2% compared with the same week last year.
Eight of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain, up 15%, and forest products, up 12.2%.
Canadian freight rail activity also did well during the week ending June 12, with Canadian freight carload traffic up a robust 13%, and Canadian intermodal volume up a healthy 8.4%, when measured against the comparable week in 2013. Mexican freight carload traffic also rose, up 4.9%, but Mexican intermodal volume fell 3% from year-ago levels.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first 25 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 2.3% when measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal was up 5.8%.