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Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles


Quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted

Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles

Freight carried by rail accounts for a very large share of transportation activity in the U.S. In the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey, rail acounted for 46% of total national ton-miles. Coal accounted for nearly half of this activity, and grains and chemical products also contributed large shares.

Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles (Class I only) 2012 Quarter 3 2013 Quarter 3
Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles (billions) 433.9 443.6
Percent change from same quarter previous year - 0.8% + 2.2%

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Data only include Class I railroads.

SOURCE: Surface Transportation Board; Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration; Quarterly Earnings Reports; available at http://www.stb.dot.gov/ as of December 2013.

Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017