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Intermodal Traffic Rises 6%

3/8/2012 4:00:00 PM
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U.S. intermodal traffic rose 6% for the week ended Saturday from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.

Trailer traffic fell 9.5% to 30,763 units, while containers jumped 8.9% to 196,493 units, the group said in its weekly report.

Railroad carloads excluding intermodal fell 6.2% to 283,312 units, the rail trade group said in its weekly report.

Railroad volume is considered an important economic indicator. Intermodal traffic, which tends to be higher-valued merchandise than bulk commodities, uses trains for the long haul and trucks for the shorter distance at either end of the trip.

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