Table B-6. Estimated Measures of Reliability for Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table B-6. Estimated Measures of Reliability for Shipment Characteristics by Commodity Group and Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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All Commodities

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 3.9 20.6 8.9 8.9
Single modes 3.6 2.8 21.6 1.1 10.6 2.2 11.1
Truck 4.4 2.9 27.4 5.2 12.4 6.1 13.2
Rail 28.6 1.0 47.6 3.8 39.5 5.5 41.2
All other Single modes 17.5 0.5 25.6 4.1 25.2 4.0 7.5
Multiple modes 17.8 2.8 28.7 0.8 24.8 2.1 7.7
Parcel, USPS or courier 17.7 2.5 38.0 0.3 15.6 0.3 7.8
All other multiple modes 36.1 0.7 37.0 0.7 28.7 2.0 32.4
Other and unknown modes 14.8 0.3 35.7 0.8 31.9 0.4 S

SCTG 01-05, Agriculture products and fish

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 34.3 17.3 11.9 S
Single modes 37.4 4.9 17.6 1.0 12.2 1.2 S
Truck 40.5 10.5 43.6 8.6 43.5 6.1 S
Rail S S S S S S S
All other Single modes 10.3 10.0 12.3 8.7 12.0 7.0 11.0
Multiple modes S S 46.6 S S 27.3
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 25.7
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.3
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 30.5

SCTG 06-09, Grains, alcohol, and tobacco products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 16.6 23.8 15.9 45.3
Single modes 16.3 1.4 24.5 1.8 18.5 5.7 S
Truck 18.1 4.6 26.4 5.0 23.6 7.4 S
Rail S S S S S S 26.6
All other Single modes S S S S S S S
Multiple modes S S S S S S 46.7
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 24.4
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 26.4
Other and unknown modes 37.8 0.3 S S S S S

SCTG 10-14, Stones, non-metallic minerals, and metallic ores

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 46.1 S S S S S
Single modes 46.5 4.0 S S S S S
Truck 47.9 6.1 S S S S S
Rail
All other Single modes S S S S S S 28.6
Multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 31.6
All other multiple modes
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 15-19, Coal and petroleum products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 30.7 27.0 46.8 16.5
Single modes 31.0 2.0 27.4 3.5 43.8 5.0 16.1
Truck 42.0 8.0 41.2 9.4 S S 17.1
Rail 36.1 0.4 35.6 0.3 40.5 5.1 16.9
All other Single modes 33.9 8.3 37.8 9.5 S S 39.8
Multiple modes S S S S S S 45.8
Parcel, USPS or courier S S S S S S 37.0
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 30.9
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S S

SCTG 20-24, Pharmaceutical and chemical products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 23.1 34.5 38.6 16.5
Single modes 24.3 2.7 35.8 3.1 40.6 3.8 20.6
Truck 24.7 2.6 31.3 6.8 35.0 7.5 18.5
Rail 37.4 1.6 S S S S 9.7
All other Single modes 33.6 0.8 S S S S 15.3
Multiple modes 25.7 2.7 S S S S 7.2
Parcel, USPS or courier 25.9 2.2 30.7 0.4 40.2 0.4 7.4
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 18.5
Other and unknown modes 37.0 0.3 32.0 0.2 46.5 0.1 S

SCTG 25-30, Logs, wood products, and textile and leather

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 15.3 26.7 26.6 12.9
Single modes 17.3 3.0 26.5 1.1 23.2 4.3 21.1
Truck 17.3 3.0 26.5 1.1 23.0 4.4 21.1
Rail S S S S S S 31.4
All other Single modes S S S S S S 20.5
Multiple modes 20.6 3.0 42.5 1.0 S S 6.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 18.3 2.7 22.5 0.7 27.8 3.0 6.9
All other multiple modes S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes 37.8 0.7 S S S S S

SCTG 31-34, Base metal and machinery

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 10.8 30.4 18.9 11.9
Single modes 12.5 3.0 30.8 1.1 19.5 1.2 13.3
Truck 13.1 3.6 30.9 1.1 18.5 1.5 14.8
Rail S S S S S S 27.3
All other Single modes S S S S S S 12.6
Multiple modes 25.1 3.3 S S 45.6 1.1 14.8
Parcel, USPS or courier 26.6 3.4 14.2 0.4 19.9 0.7 15.1
All other multiple modes 42.5 0.3 S S S S 32.0
Other and unknown modes 35.8 1.2 42.9 0.8 S S S

SCTG 35-38, Electronic, motorized vehicles, and precision instruments

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 16.1 S S S S 5.8
Single modes 15.7 5.7 S S S S 15.5
Truck 14.1 5.8 36.8 10.7 29.0 14.3 16.9
Rail S S S S S S 32.6
All other Single modes 44.3 0.9 S S S S 7.6
Multiple modes 24.5 5.8 23.3 3.9 14.7 7.6 7.3
Parcel, USPS or courier 26.3 6.6 30.6 3.8 21.0 5.9 7.3
All other multiple modes 44.3 1.5 40.7 1.4 38.3 5.0 24.4
Other and unknown modes 40.7 0.6 33.9 1.3 40.9 0.7 40.4

SCTG 39-43, Furniture, mixed freight and misc manufactured products

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 19.7 47.1 22.3 14.2
Single modes 17.9 4.2 48.0 4.5 22.5 3.8 20.0
Truck 18.1 5.2 37.0 7.8 20.0 6.1 20.9
Rail S S S S S S S
All other Single modes 47.8 33.3 30.9 38.3
Multiple modes 35.5 3.9 S S 28.8 2.0 12.1
Parcel, USPS or courier 33.1 2.5 S S 36.6 1.5 12.1
All other multiple modes S S S S 33.6 2.0 39.4
Other and unknown modes 43.5 1.2 S S S S S

Commodity Unknown

Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles CV of average miles per shipment
CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent CV Std. error of percent
All modes 24.6 43.9 46.2 26.8
Single modes 26.9 4.4 44.0 1.1 47.6 7.2 28.3
Truck 26.9 4.4 44.0 1.1 47.6 7.2 28.3
Rail
All other Single modes
Multiple modes 36.7 4.5 43.2 1.1 44.4 7.2 23.3
Parcel, USPS or courier 39.6 4.6 S S S S 25.4
All other multiple modes S S S S S S 31.6
Other and unknown modes S S S S S S 32.5

KEY:
– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.
CV Coefficient of variation of number

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SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.