U.S. freight carload traffic advanced 6.8% for the week measured against the comparable week in 2013. U.S. intermodal volume did even better by percentage, up 8.6%. Total U.S. freight goods movement was up 7.6% compared with the same week in 2013.
Nine of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases compared with the same week in 2013, including grain, up 24.4%.
Canadian freight carload traffic for the week ending May 24 rose 11.9%, while Canadian intermodal volume also did well, up 9.3%. Mexican freight carload traffic rose a modest 0.7%, but Mexican intermodal volume gained a more robust 6.3%.
Combined North American rail volume for the first 21 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican was up 1.6% when measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal volume notched a 5.5% gain.