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 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Number registered (thousands) 272 314 378 462 529 593 627 631 645 654 670 686 695 698 716 729 746 750 761
Vehicle-miles traveled (millions) 4,300 4,700 4,500 6,100 6,100 4,500 5,700 5,800 5,800 6,100 6,400 6,400 6,563 6,842 7,007 7,662 7,590 R7,077 6,849
Fuel consumed (million gallons) 827 875 820 1,053 1,018 834 895 864 878 929 964 968 990 1,027 1,040 1,148 1,112 R1,026 993
Average miles traveled per vehicle (thousands) 15.8 15.0 11.9 13.2 11.5 7.6 9.1 9.2 9.0 9.3 9.5 9.3 9.4 9.8 9.8 10.5 10.2 R9.4 9.0
Average miles traveled per gallon 5.2 5.4 5.5 5.8 6.0 5.4 6.4 6.7 6.6 6.6 6.6 6.6 6.6 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.9
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (gallons) 3,039 2,784 2,172 2,278 1,925 1,405 1,427 1,369 1,362 1,420 1,438 1,412 1,425 1,472 1,454 1,576 1,490 R1,369 1,306

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.

1995-2002: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.