Table 3-17: Average Freight Revenue per Ton-Mile

Table 3-17: Average Freight Revenue per Ton-Mile

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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 22.8 20.5 21.9 28.2 46.3 48.8 64.6 64.8 64.1 71.4 72.2 76.5 81.5 79.8 84.1 80.9
Index (1980 = 100) 49 44 47 61 100 105 140 140 138 154 156 165 176 172 182 175
Trucka 6.3 6.5 8.5 11.6 18.0 22.9 24.4 24.8 23.1 25.0 25.0 25.1 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.2
Index (1990 = 100) 26 26 35 48 74 94 100 102 95 102 103 103 107 107 107 107
Class I rail 1.40 1.27 1.43 2.04 2.87 3.04 2.66 2.59 2.58 2.52 2.49 2.40 2.35 2.40 2.34 2.28
Index (1990 = 100) 53 48 54 77 108 114 100 97 97 95 94 90 88 90 88 86
Barge N 0.35 0.30 0.52 0.77 0.80 0.76 0.78 0.76 0.76 0.74 0.73 0.73 R0.74 0.74 0.74
Index (1990 = 100) N 46 R40 68 R102 R106 100 103 100 100 97 R97 96 R97 98 98
Oil pipeline 0.32 0.28 0.27 0.37 b1.33 1.57 R1.46 1.40 R1.45 R1.43 R1.47 1.51 R1.40 R1.40 R1.38 1.46
Index (1990 = 100) 22 19 R19 25 R91 R107 100 R96 R100 R98 R101 R104 R96 R96 R95 100
Producer Price Index (1982 = 100)c 33 34 39 58 88 105 119 122 123 125 126 128 131 132 131 133

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised.

a General freight common carriers, most of which are LTL (less-than-truckload) carriers.

b Reflects entrance of Alaska pipeline moving crude petroleum to U.S. refineries between 1975 and 1980.

c Total finished goods.

SOURCES:

Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service:

1960: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 (Washington, DC: 1970), part III, tables 2 and 13.

1965-70: Ibid., Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1973 (Washington, DC: 1974), part III, tables 2 and 13.

1975-80: Ibid., Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: 1976, 1981), pp. 4 and 14 (December 1976) and pp. 2 and 3 (December 1981).

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 4.

Ibid., Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 2, line 18 (freight operating revenues/freight revenue ton-miles).

Truck, barge, and oil pipeline:

1960-99: Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., Transportation in America, 2000 (Washington, DC: 2000), p. 17.

Class I rail:

1960-99: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: 2000), p. 30.

Producer Price Index:

1960-99: Council of Economic Advisors, Economic Report of the President, 2000 (Washington, DC: August 2001), table B-65.