Table 3-15b: Average Passenger Fares

Table 3-15b: Average Passenger Fares

(Chained 2000 $)

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service 138.96 138.27 138.65 135.45 123.18 112.42 117.94 119.18 114.14 113.74 112.60 114.73 124.53 121.38 119.86 120.39 121.27 121.07 123.12 122.29 125.38
Class I bus, intercitya 17.71 18.57 20.46 18.70 22.63 16.36 23.31 24.08 22.93 23.87 22.16 23.22 25.91 23.51 24.79 27.36 29.46 29.31 28.26 U U
Transit, all modesb (unlinked) 1.02 1.01 0.92 0.97 0.75 0.84 0.86 0.87 0.85 0.88 0.96 0.97 0.94 0.89 0.91 0.91 0.93 0.89 0.85 0.86 U
Commuter rail 4.60 5.02 5.04 4.84 3.97 5.11 3.81 3.85 3.89 3.83 3.92 3.65 3.56 3.62 3.52 3.40 3.32 3.28 3.21 3.52 U
Intercity rail / Amtrakc 30.30 27.73 19.15 60.29 49.86 46.85 51.99 52.65 51.39 49.78 48.04 46.56 47.39 49.59 47.87 48.32 49.61 49.18 50.72 53.69 U

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

a Regular route intercity service.

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

c Amtrak began operations in 1971.

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).

1985-2004: 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; and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 3, 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.

1994-2002: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Selected Earnings Data, Class I Motor Carriers of Passengers (Washington, DC: Annual issues) (operating revenue / revenue passengers).

Transit and commuter rail:

1960-2003: American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Fact Book 2005(Washington, DC: Annual issues) (passenger fares / passenger trips).

Intercity rail / 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: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues) (transportation revenues / Amtrak system passenger trips).

1990-2002: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues) (ticket revenue per passenger mile x average trip length of passengers).

2003: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: 2004).