The term intermodal is from 1963, from inter- "between" + modal (adj.). Modal means "pertaining to or affected by a mode," and is from the 1560s, originally a term in logic, from Middle French modal and directly from Medieval Latin modalis "of or pertaining to a mode," from Latin modus "measure, extent, quantity; proper measure, rhythm, song; a way, manner, fashion, style."
Intermodal means using more than one mode of transportation when moving a container or cargo. Intermodal services include a combination of ocean/shipping, truck, and rail. Intermodal transportation is key to the supply chain due to the globalization of manufactured goods. Goods can travel via ocean + rail + truck. Intermodal transportation can reduce shipping costs and increase sustainability in the supply chain. Think differently about how freight moves.
Style of fashion, rhythm and song of silence, measure of the wind