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Average Passenger Fares (current dollars)

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KEY: R = revised; U = data are not available.

a Regular route Intercity service.

b Prior to 1984, excludes Commuter rail, automated guideway, urban ferryboat, demand responsive, and most rural and smaller systems.

c Amtrak began operations in 1971.

Source: 

Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service:

1960: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 (Washington, DC: February 1970), part III, table 2 (enplanements); part IV, table 2 (passenger revenue).

1965-70: Ibid. Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1973 (Washington, DC:  March 1974), part III, table 2 (enplanements); part IV, table 2 (passenger revenue).

1975-80: Ibid. Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 1, line 3; and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December Issues), p. 2, line 16 (passenger revenue / revenue passenger enplanements). 

1985: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December Issues); and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December Issues) (passenger revenue/revenue passenger enplanements). 

1990-2014: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, TranStats Database, T1: U.S. Air Carrier Traffic and Capacity Summary by Service Class, available at  http://www.transtats.bts.gov/DL_SelectFields.asp?Table_ID=264&DB_Short_N... as of Aug. 31, 2015, and  Air Carrier Financial Reports, Schedule P-12, available at http://www.transtats.bts.gov/databases.asp?Mode_ID=1&Mode_Desc=Aviation&... as of March 2016.

Class I bus, intercity:

1960-93: Interstate Commerce Commission, Transport Statistics in the United States, Motor Carriers (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues), part 2.

1994-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Selected Earnings Data, Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues) (operating revenue / revenue passengers).

Transit and commuter rail:

1960-2001: American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Fact Book Appendix A: Historical Tables (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table 43, and similar tables in earlier editions (passenger fares / passenger trips).

2002-14: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, Data Tables (Washington, D.C.: Annual Reports), table 26, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm as of July 22, 2016.

Intercity rail / Amtrak:

1960-70: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

1975-80: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), State and Local Affairs Department and Public Affairs Department, personal communication.

1985-96: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual Issues) (transportation revenues / Amtrak system passenger trips).

1997-99: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), Amtrak Annual Report (Washington, DC: Annual Issues) (ticket revenue per passenger mile multiplied by average trip length of passengers), p. 67, available at http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&... as of Mar. 4, 2013.

2000-14: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), News Release (ticket revenue divided by ridership), available at http://www.amtrak.com as of Dec. 2, 2015.