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DOT Freight Transportation Index Improves

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

The Department of Transportation’s freight transportation services index rose 0.8% in March from the same month last year, DOT said Wednesday.

The freight TSI slipped by the same amount, 0.8%, from February to a reading of 109.4.

The index uses a baseline 100 reading from the year 2000. December’s 113.7 reading was an all-time high since records began being kept in 1990.

March freight shipments were the fourth-highest level since the early recession month of July 2008, DOT said.

The index slipped 3.8% in the first quarter, the first decline after two increases. The index has improved in nine of the last 11 quarters.

The freight TSI is a seasonally adjusted monthly index measuring the output of services provided by the for-hire transportation industries, including railroad, air, truck, inland waterways, pipeline and local transit.

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