Intermodal volume on U.S. railroads for the week ending Aug. 14, 2010 was the highest of 2010, up 20.8% from the same week in 2009, the Association of American Railroads reported Thursday. AAR noted intermodal traffic still was down 1.4% compared with 2008. Weekly container volume, a subset of intermodal, was the highest on record, up 22.4% from 2009, and even up 6.4% compared with the same week in 2008.
U.S. freight carload traffic continued to gain moderately, up 7.1% during the week ending Aug. 14 compared with the year-ago period, but down 11.3% compared with 2008 levels. Sixteen of the 19 carload commodity groups increased from the comparable week in 2009.
Canadian freight carload traffic rose 16.7% compared with a year ago, while intermodal advanced 18.5%. Mexican freight carload traffic rose 16.5%, while intermodal moved up 19.1%.
Combined North Americanrail volume for the first 32 weeks of 2010 on 13 reporting U.S., Canadian, and Mexican railroads was up 10.% from last year, while intermodal rose 14.5%.