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U.S. Ton-Miles of Freight

(BTS Special Tabulation) (Millions)

Dataset Excel: 
Notes: 

Based on the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) BTS developed a more comprehensive and reliable estimates of ton-miles for the Air, Truck, Rail, Water, and Pipeline modes than are presented in table 1-49. These improved estimates are not comparable to data in table 1-49.

Description: 

KEY: R = revised.

a Estimates from 1980 to 2004 come from the Association of American Railroads using ton mile values from the Surface Transportation Board’s Waybill Sample. The Waybill Sample represents all major U.S. railroads, including all Class I railroads and several short-line railroads.

Source: 

Total:   

Summation of individual modes.

Air:  

1980-2004: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Statistics - Green Book, (Washington, DC, December issues), p. 3, line 3.

2005-17: 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  https://www.transtats.bts.gov/Fields.asp as of May 17, 2019.

Rail:

1980-2004: Association of American Railroads

2005-17: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues), p. 30 and similar pages in previous editions.

Truck:

1980-96: 1997 Truck value, adjusted using U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics, (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), Table VM-1, Vehicle Miles Traveled, Total Rural and Urban, for Single-Unit 2 Axle 6-Tire or more and Combination Trucks.

1997-2011: Difference between total of all modes, and sum of other modes.

2012-17: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework, available at http://faf.ornl.gov/fafweb/Extraction1.aspx as of May 17, 2019.

Pipeline:

1980-96: Association of Petroleum Pipelines, Shifts in Petroleum Transportation (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table 1, available at http://www.aopl.org/publications/?fa=reports as of Oct. 22, 2013.

2012-17: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework, available at http://faf.ornl.gov/fafweb/Extraction1.aspx, as of May 17, 2019.

Water:

1980-99: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce of the United States (New Orleans, LA: Annual Issues).

2000-16: Ibid., Waterborne Commerce of the United States (New Orleans, LA: Annual Issues), part 5, tables 1-4, available at http://www.navigationdatacenter.us/wcsc/wcsc.htm as of Jul. 18, 2018.

2017: Ibid., The U.S. Waterway System, 2017 Transportation Facts & Information, p 3, available at http://www.navigationdatacenter.us/wcsc/wcsc.htm as of May 17, 2019.

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