U.S. freight carload traffic rose 5.3% for the week ending June 7, measured against the comparable week in 2013, AAR said. U.S. intermodal volume advanced 6.8%. Total combined U.S. weekly rail traffic moved up a significant 6% compared with the same week last year.
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 15.5%.
Canadian freight carload traffic rose 6% during the week ending June 7, measured against the comparable week in 2013, while Canadian intermodal volume gained 11.4%.
Mexican freight carload volume failed to keep pace, falling 3% during the week ending June 7. But Mexican intermodal volume did better, up 4.3%.
Combined North American freight carload volume for the first 23 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 2.1%, measured against the comparable period in 2013. Combined North American intermodal volume was up 5.7%.