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News and Statistical Releases

October 23, 2019

Topic: Freight

August 2019 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in August 2019:

  • Total Transborder Freight: $105.1 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, down 1.7% compared to August 2018
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $66.1 billion of freight, down 0.8% compared to August 2018
  • Second mode: Railways moved $16.1 billion of freight, up 3.9% compared to August 2018

October 16, 2019

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

August 2019 U.S. Passenger Airline Employment Data

The 21 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.3% more workers in August 2019 than in August 2018:

August’s 449,550 full-time equivalents (FTEs) was the down from the previous month’s employment total July 2019 (449,907 FTEs) but was the highest FTE total for the month of August since 2002 (472,168 FTEs).

August was the 70th consecutive month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline FTEs exceeded the same month of the previous year.

The 21 U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.3% more workers in August 2019 than in August 2018:

  • August’s 449,550 full-time equivalents (FTEs) was the down from the previous month’s employment total July 2019 (449,907 FTEs) but was the highest FTE total for the month of August since 2002 (472,168 FTEs).
  • August was the 70th consecutive month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline FTEs exceeded the same month of the previous year.

October 15, 2019

Topic: Passenger travel, Topic: Performance and operations

Air Travel Consumer Report: August 2019 Numbers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today released its October 2019 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on reporting marketing and operating air carrier data compiled for the month of August 2019.  The full consumer report and other aviation consumer matters of interest to the public can be found at http://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer.

October 15, 2019

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance

Second Quarter 2019 Air Fare Data

The second quarter 2019 average domestic itinerary air fare of $364 was an increase from both the first quarter of 2019 and the second quarter of 2018, adjusted for inflation.

 

Adjusted for inflation, (constant 2019 dollars) the 2Q 2019 air fare was:

  • Up 2.5% from 2Q 2018 ($355)
  • Up 1.9% from 1Q 2019 ($358)
  • Down 14.4% from 2Q 2014 ($426)

 

The 2Q average fare calculation does not include Frontier Airlines due to data reporting problems. The largest potential impacts would be in cities where Frontier has a substantial market share, such as Denver (12% market share) and Orlando (10% market share).

October 10, 2019

Topic: Passenger travel

Estimated September 2019 U.S. Airline Traffic Data

U.S. airlines carried an estimated 76.4 million systemwide (domestic and international) scheduled service passengers in September 2019, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) first estimate, down 0.7% from the August second estimate.

The BTS estimate of the September enplanement total of 76.4 million was down 1.7% from the all-time, seasonally adjusted, reported high of 77.7 million reached in June 2019.

October 9, 2019

Topic: Freight, Topic: Performance and operations, Topic: Transportation general

August 2019 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI)

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 1.4% in August from July, rising to a new all-time high with the second consecutive monthly increase, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS). From August 2018 to August 2019, the index rose 4.1% compared to a rise of 5.5% from August 2017 to August 2018 (Tables 1, 2, and 2A).

October 4, 2019

Topic: Freight

July 2019 North American Transborder Freight Numbers

Transborder freight between the U.S. and other North American countries (Canada and Mexico) in July 2019:

  • Total Transborder Freight: $102.4 billion of transborder freight moved by all modes of transportation, up 1.2% compared to July 2018
  • Most-used mode: Trucks moved $63.8 billion of freight, up 1.8% compared to July 2018
  • Second mode: Railways moved $14.8 billion of freight, up 3.0% compared to July 2018

October 4, 2019

Topic: Performance and operations

New BTS Interactive Map Shows Growth of Urban BikeShare/E-scooter Systems

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics today released a new interactive map that documents the rapid growth of bikeshare (docked and dockless) and e-scooter systems across the country from 2015 to 2019. The total number of these systems has reached almost 300 serving more than 200 cities as of July 2019.

Of 108 docked bikeshare systems in operation, 83 launched across the U.S. from 2015 through July 2019. Bikeshare systems added a net of nearly 3,200 docking stations, bringing the total number of docking stations to 6,783 as of July 2019 (figure 1).

September 27, 2019

Topic: Energy and environment, Topic: Performance and operations, Topic: Safety

World Motor Vehicle Production in National Transportation Statistics 9/25/19 Update

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - National Transportation Statistics (NTS) – a guide to historical national-level transportation trends was updated today.

September 25, 2019

Topic: Economics, employment, and finance, Topic: Energy and environment

National Transportation Statistics 9/4/19 Update, Shares of U.S. Energy Consumption and other categories

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - National Transportation Statistics (NTS) – a guide to historical national-level transportation trends was updated today.