April 11, 2013 8:30 AM, EDT

DOT Freight Transportation Index Rises 2.7%

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The Department of Transportation said its freight transportation services index rose 2.7% in February from the same month last year.

The freight TSI rose 1.2% in February from January to a reading of 113.9, the fourth-straight monthly increase, DOT said Wednesday.

The index was 1.1% below the 115.2 upwardly revised reading of December 2011, which was the highest in the index’s 22-year history. DOT uses a baseline reading of 100 from the year 2000.

DOT said it has refined the transportation services index methodology and is revising previously released numbers.

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.