US railroad freight traffic has risen by 8.2% with 296,980 carloads for the week ending 19 February 2011, compared with the same week last year, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The intermodal volume also grew by 16.9% totalling 233,993 trailers and containers compared with the same week a year ago.
Weekly carload volume on eastern railroads was up 12.7% while in the west it was up 5.4%, compared with 2010.
For the first seven weeks of 2011, US railroads reported a cumulative volume of 1,981,437 carloads, a rise of 6.7% from last year, and 1,524,340 trailers and containers, up 9.1% from 2010.
Canadian railroads reported a volume of 73,448 cars for the week, up 4.1% from last year, and 46,489 trailers and containers, up 6.8% from 2010.
The combined North American rail volume for the first seven weeks of 2011 on 13 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads totalled 2,569,089 carloads, which is a rise of 5.1% from last year, and 1,891,676 trailers and containers, up 8.4%.