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Transportation Services Index slipped in April


In April, the Transportation Services Index (TSI) dropped 0.7 percent from March’s level to 109, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). However, on a year-over-year basis, the index climbed 3.2 percent.

April’s Freight TSI of 107.5 declined 1 percent from March’s level, but increased 3.7 percent from April 2010’s mark. Through 2011’s first four months, freight shipments measured by the index — which were moved by for-hire rail, trucking, inland waterway, pipeline and air freight companies — rose 0.6 percent.

April’s Passenger TSI of 113.1 inched up 0.1 percent from March’s level and rose 1.9 percent from April 2010’s mark.

For more BTS data on the three indices in April and through four months, follow this link.

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