Intermodal rail freight traffic in the US has picked up following lower volumes in January, according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The data revealed that the traffic during the week ending on 19 February totalled 233,993 trailers and containers, a rise of 16.9% compared with the same week in 2010.
US railroads transported 296,980 carloads for the week, up 8.2% compared with the same period of the previous year.
Canadian railroads reported a volume of 73,448 cars for the week, an increase of 4.1% from 2010, and 46,489 trailers or containers, up 6.8%.
The weekly carload volume on eastern railroads was up 12.7%, while in the west the carload volume was up by 5.4%.
Combined North American rail volume for the first seven weeks of 2011 reporting US, Canadian and Mexican railroads, totalled in 2.56 million carloads, up 5.1% from last year, and 1.89 million trailers and containers, up 8.4%.