New index helps shippers gauge when to convert truck loads to rail

A new North American intermodal index that can help shippers determine when it’s best to move truck loads to intermodal rail indicates “mildly favorable” market conditions. Research firm FTR Transportation Intelligence’s new Intermodal Competitive Index, which was unveiled Wednesday, is a compendium of different factors including relative rates in both modes, industry capacity and demand, fuel prices and intermodal service levels as measured in train velocity.
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