Table 3-15b: Average Passenger Fares

Table 3-15b: Average Passenger Fares

(Chained 1996 $)a

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service 123.13 122.52 122.86 120.02 109.15 99.62 104.51 105.61 101.14 100.78 99.78 101.65 110.37 107.56 109.35 109.40
Class I bus, intercityb 15.62 16.38 18.05 16.50 19.97 14.44 20.57 21.25 20.23 21.05 19.55 20.49 22.85 20.62 21.72 23.46
Transit, all modesc (unlinked) 1.03 1.00 0.97 0.93 0.70 0.85 0.86 0.86 0.85 0.88 0.96 0.97 0.93 0.87 0.86 0.90
Commuter rail 4.20 4.59 4.61 4.42 3.63 4.66 3.48 3.51 3.56 3.50 3.58 3.33 3.25 3.30 3.22 3.12
Intercity/Amtrakd 27.68 25.33 17.50 55.08 45.56 42.80 46.21 47.07 46.26 44.63 42.83 41.58 42.54 44.36 42.99 43.10

a All data in this table have been revised using newly available chain-type indexes for transportations services from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

b Regular route intercity service.

c Prior to 1984, excludes commuter railroad, automated guideway, urban ferryboat, demand responsive, and most rural and smaller systems.

d Amtrak began operations in 1971.

SOURCES:

Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service:

1960: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 (Washington, DC: February 1970), part III, table 2 (enplanements); part IV, table 2 (passenger revenue).

1965-70: Ibid., Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1973 (Washington, DC: March 1974), part III, table 2 (enplanements); part IV, table 2 (passenger revenue).

1975-80: Ibid., Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 1, line 3; and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 2, line 16 (passenger revenue/revenue passenger enplanements).

1985-99: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 1, line 3 (passenger revenues); Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 2, line 16 (passenger revenue/revenue passenger enplanements).

Class I bus, intercity:

1960-93: Interstate Commerce Commission, Transport Statistics in the United States, Motor Carriers (Washington, DC: Annual issues), part 2.

1994-99: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Selected Earnings Data, Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

Transit and commuter rail:

1960-99: American Public Transit Association, Transit Fact Book (Washington, DC: Annual issues) (passenger fares/passenger trips).

Intercity/Amtrak:

1960-70: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

1975-80: Amtrak, State and Local Affairs Department and Public Affairs Department, personal communication.

1985-99: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues) (transportation revenues/Amtrak system passenger trips).