Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for Metropolitan Area of Origin: 2007

Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for Metropolitan Area of Origin: 2007

Estimates are based on data from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive.

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Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles2 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
2007
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
(thousands)
Percent of total 2007
(millions)
Percent of
total
CV3 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 118,640 100 116,908 100 27,186 100 529 6.6 - 6.3 - 6.3 - 9.7
Single modes 109,476 92.3 113,217 96.8 24,338 89.5 296 6.6 0.9 6.4 0.7 5.6 2.2 10.1
Truck4 105,977 89.3 105,891 90.6 20,136 74.1 285 6.7 1.2 6.9 1.4 5.9 3.7 9.9
For-hire truck 71,216 60 58,851 50.3 16,352 60.1 616 8.6 1.9 9.5 4.4 7.4 3.6 6
Private truck 34,761 29.3 47,040 40.2 3,784 13.9 71 8.6 2.2 13.9 4.7 12.2 1.7 12.5
Rail 3,068 2.6 7,304 6.2 4,155 15.3 475 19.5 0.5 14.9 1 18.4 2.3 26.2
Water S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Deep draft S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Air (incl truck and air) 393 0.3 22 - S S 1,631 26.2 0.1 46.3 - S S 16.1
Multiple modes 7,968 6.7 3,291 2.8 2,743 10.1 901 17.1 0.9 24.7 0.7 26.1 2.3 7.1
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 6,259 5.3 199 0.2 166 0.6 901 18.5 0.7 25.5 - 26.6 0.1 7.1
Truck and rail 1,349 1.1 2,729 2.3 2,478 9.1 981 31.3 0.3 31.3 0.7 29.2 2.3 20.5
Truck and water 343 0.3 S S S S 1,913 41.9 0.1 S S S S 35.6
Rail and water S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Other multiple modes 15 - S S S S 623 9.3 0.1 S S S S 46
Other and unknown modes 1,196 1 400 0.3 106 0.4 72 14.1 0.1 22.8 0.1 24.9 0.1 42.8

KEY: S = Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality. - = Zero or Less than half the unit shown; thus, it has been rounded to zero.

1 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) geographic areas were drawn from a subset of Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MeSAs) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). However, CFS metropolitan areas are divided into their state parts when they include more than one state. In addition, the CFS also utilizes a unique geography referred to as, "remainder of state," to represent those areas of a state not contained within a separately published metropolitan area for the CFS (as opposed to not part of any Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) as defined by OMB). Because of the differences in the CFS geography, as compared to OMB defined geography, caution should be exercised when comparing CFS estimates to other estimates of similar geography.
2 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network.
3 Coefficient of Variation.
4 "Truck" as a single mode includes any shipment that was made by private truck only, by for-hire truck only, or by a combination of private and for-hire truck.
5 Estimates for pipeline exclude shipments of crude petroleum.

NOTES: Value-of-shipment estimates are reported in current prices. Estimated measures of sampling variability for each estimate known as coefficients of variation (CV) are also provided in these tables. More information on sampling error, confidentiality protection, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions may be found at http://www.bts.gov/publications/commodity_flow_survey/.
Rows are not shown if all cells for that particular row have no value. For example, Honolulu, HI by Rail has no data for any shipment characteristic therefore the entire row is not shown.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census: Transportation Commodity Flow Survey, December 2009.