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Average Freight Revenue per Ton-Mile

Dataset Excel: 
Notes: 

There is a break in the data from 1985 to 1990 for Truck, Barge, and Oil pipeline; therefore, data prior to 1990 cannot be indexed using 1990 as the base year because the data are incomparable.

Description: 

KEY: R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

a For 1990 and later, air carriers that did not report both financial data and all months of traffic data for a given period were excluded from the calculations. Cargo revenue includes both scheduled and charter property revenue and mail revenue.

b General freight common carriers, most of which are LTL (less-than-truckload) carriers.

c Total finished goods. Converted to 1990 base year index by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and therefore not comparable to previous editions of this table.

Source: 

Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service:

1960: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 (Washington, DC: 1970), part III, tables 2 and 13.

1965-70: Ibid., Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1973 (Washington, DC: 1974), part III, tables 2 and 13.

1975-80: Ibid., Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington,  DC: 1976, 1981), pp. 4 and 14 (December 1976) and pp. 2 and 3 (December 1981).

1985: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information,  Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC:  Annual December Issues) (freight operating revenues).

Ibid., Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC:  Annual December Issues) (freight revenue ton-miles).

1990-2014: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, TranStats Database, T-1, Schedule P-11, and Schedule P-12 data, available at http://www.transtats.bts.gov/ as of June 2016, special tabulation.

Truck:

1990-2003:  Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., Transportation in America (Washington, DC: 2007), p. 46.

2004-07: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 Transportation Annual Survey (Washington, DC: January 2011), table 2.1, available at http://www.census.gov/services/ as of Aug. 9, 2011, special tabulation.

Barge:

Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., Transportation in America (Washington, DC: 2007), p. 46.

Oil pipeline:

PennWell Corporation, Oil and Gas Journal: Transportation Special Report (Houston, TX: September 2012 Issue), p. 127; and Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Shifts in Petroleum Transportation (Washington, DC: February 2012), table 1, available at http://www.aopl.org/publications/?fa=reports as of Mar. 12, 2012.

Class I rail:

Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 34 and similar pages in previous editions.

Producer Price Index:

1960-2014: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Producer Price Index-Commodities, available at http://www.bls.gov/ppi/ as of Nov. 4, 2016.

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