in·​ter·​mod·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmō-dəl How to pronounce intermodal (audio) \

Definition of intermodal

1 : being or involving transportation by more than one form of carrier during a single journey
2 : used for intermodal transport

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Voters in nearby Gardner, a city with nearly 20,000 residents, had agreed in 2006 to annex the intermodal land and negotiate with BNSF. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tiny JoCo town is booming. That's not good for everyone. | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 The intermodal process involves a giant container being moved from train to truck and then possibly to a nearby Logistics Park warehouse, or by truck back to train. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Tiny JoCo town is booming. That's not good for everyone. | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 Norfolk, according to the company, has the most extensive intermodal network in the Eastern U.S.—leaving it uniquely well positioned to benefit from this trend. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "This Railroad Can Keep Rolling," 6 Sep. 2018 That center, to be in the Port of Tucson, an intermodal shipment district on the city's southeast side, will also have an unspecified number of professional jobs such as facilities technicians and human resources personnel. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Amazon announces 1,500-job distribution center in Tucson," 16 May 2018 The site is also near the intermodal rail yard and Interstate 485. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Low vacancy rates are driving distribution center development near Charlotte airport," 8 Dec. 2017 Revenue rose 7%, led by a 32% increase in its coal business and a 10% increase in intermodal transportation. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Norfolk Southern Says It’s Winning Customers From CSX," 26 July 2017 The glut has also tamped down rates in the intermodal business of moving container cargo over long distances by rail and truck. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Lift in Demand Fuels Hopes Trucking Has Turned the Corner," 15 July 2017 And containerization — also referred to as intermodal freight transportation — is seen as the innovation that has made services like next-day delivery and Amazon Prime possible. Kenneth R. Rosen, New York Times, "Coming Home to a Shipping Container," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of intermodal

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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