The volume of freight transported by U.S. railroads rose 3.1% in the last week of August year-on-year, and intermodal climbed 4.2%, according to the Association of American Railroads. Petroleum and petroleum products led six of the 10 carload categories that posted growth, up 22.5% year-on-year, while overall U.S. traffic increased 3.6%. "In terms of average weekly volumes, August was the best intermodal month in history for both U.S. and Canadian railroads," said John Gray, AAR senior vice president.

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