traffic mile

Traffic mile

Traf"fic mile\ (Railroad Accounting) Any unit of the total obtained by adding the passenger miles and ton miles in a railroad's transportation for a given period; -- a term and practice of restricted or erroneous usage.

Traffic mile is a term designed to furnish an excuse for the erroneous practice of adding together two things (ton miles and passenger miles) which, being of different kinds, cannot properly be added. --Hadley.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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