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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 Incudes Freight, Express, and Mail. 

b Estimates from 1980 to 1989 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:

1980-2011: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, special tabulation.           

1997, 2002, 2007, 2012-18: Ibid., Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework, available at http://faf.ornl.gov/fafweb/Extraction1.aspx, as of Jul. 21, 2020.

Air:

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 Jul. 20, 2020.

Truck:

Difference between total of all modes, and sum of other modes.

Railroad:

1980-89: Association of American Railroads

1990-2018: Ibid., Railroad Facts (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues), p. 30 and similar pages in previous editions.

Water:

1980-2016: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 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 Mar. 10, 2020.

2017-18: Ibid., The U.S. Waterway System, Transportation Facts & Information, p. 3, available at http://www.navigationdatacenter.us/wcsc/wcsc.htm as of Jul. 21, 2020.

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.

1997-2011: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, special tabulation.            

2012-18:  Ibid., Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework, available at http://faf.ornl.gov/fafweb/Extraction1.aspx, as of Jul. 21, 2020.

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