Thursday May 6, 2004 - The Transportation Services Index (TSI) increased 1.4 percent in February, rebounding from a drop in January to reach 120.4 (1996=100), the second highest level in the 14-year period covered by the index, the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported today.
The February level of 120.4 was only 0.1 percent lower than the all-time high of 120.5 in December 2003 but 5.1 percent higher than the February 2003 level of 114.5. The drop in January followed four consecutive monthly increases.
TSI is a single seasonally adjusted index of the month-to-month changes in the output of services provided by the for-hire transportation industries, including railroad, air, truck, inland waterways, pipeline, and local transit.
The index includes historic data from 1990 to the present, allowing for examination of trends, peaks and low-points. Changes are measured against the base year of 1996. The TSI is still under development and is considered experimental.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the TSI for freight increased 1.3 percent in February from January's level of 119.1. The February 2004 level of 120.6 was 3.7 percent higher than the February 2003 level of 116.3. The freight TSI dropped in January from a record high of 121.6 following four straight monthly rises.
The TSI for passengers was up 1.6 percent in February, following two consecutive monthly declines. The February level of 119.7 is 8.5 percent higher than the February 2003 level of 110.4.
|Index||Pct. Change||Index||Pct. Change||Index||Pct. Change|
|TSI||Percent change from previous year|
|Percent change to February 2004||Since February . . .||Duration|
|Freight TSI||Percent change from previous year|
|Passenger TSI||Percent change from previous year|
During the six months ending in February, the TSI rose 4.7 percent (seasonally adjusted). The Freight TSI rose 4.4 percent and the Passenger TSI rose 5.5 percent during the six-month period.
Note: Transportation Services Index numbers (Total, Freight, and Passenger) were revised from previous releases due to additional data becoming available for seasonality adjustments and revisions in the output data of the component transportation services, particularly the revision in Air Revenue Passenger Miles for January 2004.
The Transportation Services Index (TSI) is a measure of the month-to-month changes in the output of services provided by the for-hire transportation industries.
The TSI tells us how the output of transportation services has increased or decreased from month to month. The index can be examined together with other economic indicators to produce a better understanding of the current and future course of the economy. The movement of the index over time can be compared with other economic measures to understand the relationship of changes in transportation output to changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The TSI is still under development and is therefore considered experimental. It is being examined for refinements in data sources, methodologies and interpretations.
The freight transportation index consists of:
For hire trucking,
Railroad freight services (including rail based intermodal shipments such as containers on flat cars),
Inland waterways transportation,
Pipeline transportation (including principally petroleum and petroleum products and natural gas), and
The index does not include international or coastal waterborne movements, private trucking, courier services, or the US Postal Service.
The passenger transportation index consists of:
Intercity passenger rail, and
Passenger air transportation.
The index does not include intercity bus, sight seeing services, ferry services, taxi service, private automobile usage, or bicycling and other non-motorized means of transportation.
The components have been selected to give the best coverage possible of the for-hire transportation industry, subject to current limitations on the availability of monthly data.