Figure 6 - Growth in U.S. Domestic Freight Ton-Miles by Mode: 1980 - 2004

Figure 6 - Growth in U.S. Domestic Freight Ton-Miles by Mode: 1980 - 2004

(index: 1980=100)

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Year Mode of Transportation
Air Truck Railroad Water Pipeline Total
1980 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
1981 105.2 100.2 99.1 100.8 95.8 99.0
1982 106.2 102.7 86.9 96.2 92.9 94.0
1983 121.3 107.0 90.2 99.8 89.2 95.8
1984 134.3 112.3 96.6 96.3 92.1 98.4
1985 138.6 113.8 94.0 96.9 90.3 97.6
1986 151.7 116.8 95.6 94.7 90.6 98.1
1987 179.1 123.1 102.1 97.1 92.9 102.4
1988 192.8 127.2 110.1 96.5 95.9 106.0
1989 211.0 131.6 112.2 88.5 95.3 105.1
1990 215.3 135.9 114.2 90.4 95.0 106.9
1991 205.8 138.9 111.8 92.0 95.2 107.3
1992 227.1 142.6 117.9 92.9 97.5 110.5
1993 238.4 148.8 121.8 85.7 98.9 111.2
1994 248.6 158.4 131.0 88.4 99.4 116.4
1995 262.8 165.7 141.3 87.6 101.9 121.1
1996 284.3 170.3 147.8 83.0 104.6 123.2
1997 287.2 178.0 149.3 76.7 104.5 123.4
1998 292.1 182.7 155.4 73.0 104.3 124.9
1999 299.6 188.6 161.3 71.1 103.9 127.0
2000 326.7 191.3 165.9 70.1 101.0 127.8
2001 274.5 194.6 171.6 67.4 99.2 128.7
2002 285.9 199.7 172.3 66.4 101.6 130.2
2003 311.9 201.0 172.1 65.8 100.3 129.9
2004 350.0 208.0 178.6 64.1 100.9 132.8

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics: 1990 - 2003 data from the Journal of Transportation and Statistics, vol 8 no.1, 2005, Scott M Dennis, "Improved Estimates of Ton-Miles," pp 23-44; other data are special tabulations from BTS using the same methodology.