Table 4-15: Bus Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-15: Bus Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Number registered (thousands) 272 314 378 462 529 593 627 686 695 698 716 729 746
Vehicle-miles traveled (millions) 4,300 4,700 4,500 6,100 6,100 4,500 5,700 6,400 6,600 6,842 R7,007 7,662 7,601
Fuel consumed (million gallons) 827 875 820 1,053 1,018 834 895 968 990 1,027 R1,040 1,148 1,110
Average miles traveled per vehicle (thousands) 16.0 14.9 12.0 13.1 11.5 7.5 9.1 9.4 9.4 9.8 9.8 10.5 10
Average miles traveled per gallon 5.3 5.3 5.5 5.8 6.0 5.4 6.4 6.6 6.6 6.7 6.7 6.7 7
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (gallons) 3,039 2,784 2,172 2,279 1,926 1,405 1,428 1,412 1,425 1,471 R1,454 1,576 1,488

KEY: R = revised.

NOTE

Includes both publicly and privately owned school, transit, and other commercial buses.

SOURCES

1960-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-201A.

1995-2001: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.