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12/7/2005



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

Transportation Services Index increases in September



In September, the Transportation Services Index (TSI) of 111.6 rose 0.1 percent compared with August, ending a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The index also increased 2.1 percent compared with September 2004.

September’s Freight TSI of 111.8 fell 0.6 percent compared with August — the third drop in four months. However, the index rose 0.9 percent compared with September 2004.

The Passenger TSI of 110.9 rose 1.6 percent compared with August, when the index dropped after several monthly gains, BTS said. In addition, the index increased 5.1 percent compared with September 2004.

During a six-month period ending in September, the TSI and Freight TSI fell 0.1 percent 0.7 percent, respectively, and the Passenger TSI rose 1.5 percent compared with the previous six-month period.

The TSI is a measure of month-to-month changes in the output of services provided by for-hire transportation industries, including rail, air, truck, inland waterways, pipelines and local transit.


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