Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


BTS Freight Transportation Services Index up 0.9 percent in January

By Staff
March 09, 2011

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 0.9 percent in January, following a 1.5 percent gain in December and a 0.3 percent decline in November. The Freight TSI was up 0.2 percent in October and 1.0 percent in September.

According to BTS officials, the Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in freight shipments in ton-miles, which are then combined into one index. The index measures the output of the for-hire freight transportation industry and consists of data from for-hire trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.

The BTS also noted that the December Freight TSI at 108.1 is up 14.6 percent from the recent low of 94.3 in April 2009, which was its lowest level since July 1997. January’s Freight TSI is down 4.6 percent from its historic peak of 113.3 in January 2005.

The January Freight TSI is up 6.9 percent year-over-year, but it is below the level of January 2008’s 111.8, the most recent high level for January, said the BTS. December 2009, said the BTS, was the first month since September 2008 in which the Freight TSI topped the level of the same month of the previous year. And the BTS noted that the Freight TSI has topped the previous year’s level every month since but is still below levels of recent earlier years.

BTS officials also noted that the Freight TSI has gone up 14.6 percent over the last 21 months, going back to May 2009, following a 16.8 percent decline in the previous 16 months going back to January 2008.

For related articles, please click here.

Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), a 351-mile freight rail system on the state’s east coast, recently made two separate announcements. One had to do with an expansion of intermodal services between Charlotte, N.C. and various locations in South Florida and another was related to the company boosting its intermodal capacity through the addition of new equipment.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced August 2014 data for global air freight markets showing continued “robust”growth in air cargo volumes.

Even though some of its key metrics dropped sequentially from August to September, the outlook for manufacturing over all remains strong, according to the most recent edition of the Manufacturing Report on Business issued today by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).

Company officials said that these planned changes, which will take effect on January 4, 2015, will provide for increases in current pay rates and reduce the time it takes for its nearly 15,000 drivers to reach top pay scale.

While the economy has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs in recent years, 2014 is different in that it could be the best year from an economic output perspective in the last several years. That outlook was offered up by Rosalyn Wilson, senior business analyst at Parsons, and author of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual State of Logistics Report at last week’s CSCMP Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA