Table 3-19: Average Passenger Fares

Table 3-19: Average Passenger Fares

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(Chained 2005 dollars)

  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service 125.95 125.32 125.66 122.77 111.64 101.90 106.89 108.02 103.46 103.09 102.06 103.98 112.86 110.01 108.66 109.13 109.90 109.81 111.22 (R) 114.09 110.63 106.48 106.57 (R) 104.97 (R) 100.63 94.49
Class I bus, intercitya 21.06 22.08 24.34 22.24 26.92 19.46 27.74 28.64 27.27 28.40 26.35 27.61 30.82 27.96 29.46 32.54 35.01 34.86 33.60 U U U U U U U
Transit, all modesb (unlinked) 1.27 1.26 1.15 1.22 0.94 1.05 1.07 1.09 1.06 1.10 1.20 1.21 1.17 1.11 1.14 1.14 1.16 1.12 1.07 1.06 1.05 1.03 1.22 1.01 1.02 1.02
Commuter railc 4.58 5.00 5.02 4.82 3.95 5.09 3.79 3.83 3.88 3.82 3.91 3.64 3.54 3.60 3.51 3.39 3.32 3.26 3.20 3.51 3.95 4.08 3.87 4.05 4.10 4.20
Intercity rail / Amtrakd 30.19 27.63 19.08 60.03 49.68 46.70 51.80 52.46 51.20 49.59 47.87 46.39 47.22 49.41 47.69 48.14 49.43 49.00 50.54 46.92 50.65 51.47 51.84 (R) 55.24 (R) 54.18 52.71

KEY: R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

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 This category is now deflated using the railway transportation instead of mass transit deflator and the Intercity rail deflator used in previous editions.

dAmtrak began operations in 1971.

NOTES

This table is deflated using data from the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts tables, table 2.4.4U. Lines 203, 199, 201 and 197 are used respectively to deflate their corresponding rows.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has changed the reference year for chained dollar estimates from 2000 to 2005 as part of the comprehensive revision of the national income and product accounts in 2009. As a result all the data are revised and cannot be comparable with the previous editions.

SOURCES

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).

1985-2001: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December Issues); and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December Issues) (passenger revenue / revenue passenger enplanements).

2002-09: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, TranStats Database, T1: U.S. Air Carrier Traffic and Capacity Summary by Service Class, available at http://www.transtats.bts.gov/DL_SelectFields.asp?Table_ID=264&DB_Short_Name=Air%20Carrier%20Summary as of Jan. 27, 2011 and Air Carrier Financial Reports, Schedule P-11 and Schedule P-12, available at http://www.transtats.bts.gov/databases.asp?Mode_ID=1&Mode_Desc=Aviation&Subject_ID2=0 as of Jan. 27, 2011.

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:

1960-2001: American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Fact Book (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table 43 and similar tables in earlier editions (passenger fares / passenger trips).

2002-09: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, Data Tables (Washington, D.C.: Annual Reports), table 26, available at http://www.ntdprogram.gov/ntdprogram/data.htm as of Jan. 27, 2011.

Intercity rail / Amtrak:

1960-70: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

1975-80: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), State and Local Affairs Department and Public Affairs Department, personal communication.

1985-1996: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual Issues) (transportation revenues / Amtrak system passenger trips).

1997-2009: National Passenger Rail Corporation (Amtrak), Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual Issues) (ticket revenue per passenger mile multiplied by average trip length of passengers), p. 61, available at http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1241245669222 as of Jan. 27, 2011.