Table 3-17: Average Freight Revenue Per Ton-mile

Table 3-17: Average Freight Revenue Per Ton-mile

(Current ¢)

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
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 82.7 80.9 78.0 (R) 80.4 60.8 53.4
Index (1990 = 100) 35 32 34 44 72 75 100 100 99 110 112 118 126 123 128 125 121 (R) 124 94 83
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 27.0 26.6 U U
Index (1990 = 100) 26 26 35 48 74 94 100 102 95 102 103 103 107 107 107 107 111 109 U U
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 2.26 2.24 2.26 2.28
Index (1990 = 100) 53 48 54 77 108 114 100 97 97 95 94 90 88 90 88 86 85 84 85 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 0.74 0.74 0.74 0.73 0.72 U U
Index (1990 = 100) N 46 40 68 102 106 100 103 100 100 97 97 96 97 98 98 97 95 U U
Oil pipeline 0.32 0.28 0.27 0.37 c1.33 1.57 1.46 1.40 1.45 1.43 1.47 1.51 1.40 1.40 1.38 1.46 1.45 1.47 U U
Index (1990 = 100) 22 19 19 25 91 107 100 96 100 98 101 104 96 96 95 100 100 101 U U
Producer Price Index (1982 = 100)b 33 34 39 58 88 105 119 122 123 125 126 128 131 132 131 133 138 141 139 143

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

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

b Total finished goods.

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

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).

1985-2003: 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. 3, line 18 (freight operating revenues/freight revenue ton-miles).

Truck, barge, and oil pipeline:

1960-2001: Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., Transportation in America, 2002 (Washington, DC: 2002), p. 47.

Class I rail:

1960-2003: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2004 (Washington, DC: 2004), p. 30.

Producer Price Index:

1960-2003: Council of Economic Advisors, Economic Report of the President, 2004 (Washington, DC: 2004), table B-65.