Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!

Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports Freight TSI hits an all-time high in November

By Staff
January 09, 2014

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported this week that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 1.2 percent from October to November.

This comes on the heels of a 0.7 percent decline from September to October and marks the third time in the last four months it has seen a gain.

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.

BTS said that the November Freight TSI at 116.5 is 22.8 percent higher than April 2009’s low point of 94.8 during the recession and represents an all-time high, topping September 2013’s 115.4.

And it explained that November’s increase is a return to growth, which was largely intact throughout the second half of 2013, with gains in all modes it tracks with the exception of pipeline. What’s more, it explained that growth in tonnage intensive industries such as heavy construction and oil and gas fracking produced an increase in truck tonnage, adding that both trucking and rail benefitted from growing auto production.

BTS noted that the Freight TSI has been above its 2012 range through the first 11 months of 2013, with each month topping December 2012’s high point of 112.2. And on an annual basis, the Freight TSI was up 5.2 percent in November.

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

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in October at 135.7 (2000=100) was up 1.9 percent compared to September’s 133.1, and the ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment was 139.8 in October, which was 0.9 percent ahead of September.

The average price per gallon of diesel gasoline fell 3.7 cents to $2.445 per gallon, according to data issued today by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). This marks the lowest weekly price for diesel since June 1, 2009, when it was at $2.352 per gallon.

In its report, entitled “Grey is the new Black,” JLL takes a close look at supply chain-related trends that can influence retailers’ approaches to Black Friday.

This year, it's all about the digital supply network. In this virtual conference, we will define the challenges currently facing supply chain organizations and offer solutions designed to transform linear operations into dynamic, automated networks that offer seamless communication, visibility, and the ability to respond and optimize processes at any given time.

In his opening comments assessing the economy at last week’s RailTrends conference hosted by Progressive Railroading magazine and independent railroad analyst Tony Hatch, FTR Senior analyst Larry Gross said the economy continues to slog ahead at a relatively tepid pace, coupled with some volatility in terms of overall GDP growth. And amid that slogging, Gross said there is currently an economic hand-off occurring between the industrial sector and the consumer sector.


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

© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA