Up 6.3% from the same week a year ago, U.S. intermodal volume recorded its "highest week in history," AAR said. U.S. freight carload traffic also did well, up 2.2%.
Mimicking the previous week, nine of the 10 carload commodity groups AAR tracks on a weekly basis posted increases during the most recent week compared with the same week in 2013, including grain, up 22.3%, petroleum and petroleum products, up 13.2%, and metallic ores and metals, up 8.4%.
Canadian freight carload traffic for the week ending June 14 rose 12.3%, while Canadian intermodal volume advanced 8.3% compared with a year ago. Mexican freight carload traffic for the week gained 4.9%, while Mexican intermodal completed the full North American win column, up 5.7%.
Combined North American freight carload traffic for the first 24 weeks of 2014 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads totaled was up 2.2% when measured against the comparable 2013 period. Combined North American intermodal volume was up 5.8%.