Monthly data, not seasonally adjusted
Fuel prices affect the prices charged to rail customers, as well as rail company profitability. This data series represents the average monthly price for fuels purchased by freight railroads during a month, which includes federal excise taxes, transportation and handling expenses.
|Index of Railroad Fuel Prices||Aug-11||Aug-12|
|Railroad Fuel Prices (Index: July 15, 1990 = 100)||613.7||638.1|
|Percent change from same month previous year||40.5||4.0|
NOTE: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.
SOURCE: Association of American Railroads, Monthly Railroad Fuel Price Indexes, available at http://www.aar.org/ as of October 2012.