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Make it 15 straight weeks for U.S. roads' intermodal surge

U.S. railroads continued their intermodal-traffic roll during week 29 ended July 20, registering their 15th consecutive weekly year-over-year gain, according to Association of American Railroads data released July 25.

Intermodal volume totaled 190,644 trailers and containers, up 10.6 percent compared with 2001's week 29, with container volume increasing 14.5 percent and trailer loadings, 0.5 percent.

For the year's first 29 weeks, U.S. roads totaled 5,081,689 trailers and containers, rising 4.5 percent compared with the same 2001 period.

Meanwhile, Canadian roads also are building intermodal traffic: 39,541 trailers and containers moved during week 29 represent a 15 percent increase, and 1,079,323 trailers and containers moved during the year's first 29 weeks, a 7.8 percent climb, compared with similar periods last year.

On a combined cumulative-volume basis, 16 reporting U.S. and Canadian railroads during the year's first 29 weeks moved 6,161,012 trailers and containers, increasing 5.8 percent compared with last year.

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