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Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Monday, July 2, 2012

Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total
All modes 144,435 100.0 301,484 100.0 93,763 100.0 397
Single modes 129,611 89.7 265,779 88.2 90,209 96.2 224
Truck2 120,092 83.1 127,388 42.3 23,917 25.5 210
Rail 5,035 3.5 105,954 35.1 54,633 58.3 493
All other single modes 4,485 3.1 32,437 10.8 11,658 12.4 1,138
Multiple modes 13,337 9.2 2,934 1.0 3,128 3.3 686
Parcel, USPS or courier 12,360 8.6 288 0.1 195 0.2 685
All other multiple modes S S 2,646 0.9 2,933 3.1 2,002
Other and unknown modes 1,487 1.0 S S S S S

– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.

1 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network. See "Mileage Calculations" section for additional information.
2 "Truck" as a single mode includes shipments that were made by only private Truck, only for-hire Truck, or combination of private Truck and for-hire Truck.

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentially protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at
Coverage for the 2002 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) differs from the previous surveys due to a change from the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification System to the 1997 North American Industry Classification System and other survey improvements. Therefore, data users are urged to use caution when comparing 2002 CFS estimates with estimates from prior years.

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.