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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 32,914 100.0 74,091 100.0 34,307 100.0 1,295
Single modes 27,858 84.6 69,124 93.3 31,848 92.8 332
Truck2 23,578 71.6 55,286 74.6 9,839 28.7 142
Rail 3,812 11.6 12,999 17.5 21,815 63.6 1,796
All other single modes 468 1.4 839 1.1 194 0.6 3,477
Multiple modes 3,897 11.8 1,105 1.5 2,123 6.2 2,040
Parcel, USPS or courier 3,443 10.5 133 0.2 S S 2,043
All other multiple modes 454 1.4 972 1.3 1,882 5.5 956
Other and unknown modes 1,160 3.5 3,862 5.2 336 1.0 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.