in·​ter·​mod·​al | \ˌin-tər-ˈmō-dəl \

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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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 As for the intermodal hub, Rybka said the project is still a priority for Jackson, and that the city may apply a second time this fall for a federal grant to support the project. Steven Litt,, "Green Ribbon Coalition touts "land bridge" for downtown lakefront instead of Rosales design (photos)," 19 Sep. 2017 August 28, 2017 SEATTLE—BNSF Railway has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 workers who were furloughed across its system last year, reflecting stronger volumes of coal, grain, and intermodal containers and trailers, a spokesman said. Eric M. Johnson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Furloughed railroad workers rehired en masse, but is coal really growing?," 29 Aug. 2017

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1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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