in•ter•mo•dal — adj.
The transfer of products involving multiple modes of transportation — truck, railroad or ocean carrier.
Imagine getting 290 miles to the gallon for your SUV. It’s possible if that SUV were riding on the rails. Railroads move one ton of freight an average of 470 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. And according to the American Association of Railroads, moving freight by rail instead of trucks reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent.