Table 4-4 Passenger-Miles

Table 4-4 Passenger-Miles

(Millions)

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Mode 1970 1980 1990 2000 2004
Air          
Air carrier 108,442 204,368 345,873 516,129 557,893
General aviation 9,100 14,700 13,000 15,200 U
Highway          
Passenger cars 1,750,897 2,011,989 2,281,391 2,544,457 2,693,872
Other 2-axle, 4-tire vehiclesa 225,613 520,774 999,754 1,467,664 1,758,542
Busesb N N 121,398 160,919 140,716
Motorcycles 3,277 12,257 12,424 11,516 12,761
Rail          
Transitc N 10,939 12,046 15,200 P15,930
Commuter 4,592 6,516 7,082 9,402 P9,719
Intercity/Amtrakd 6,179 4,503 6,057 5,498 5,511
Other transite N 390 841 1,631 P1,874

a Includes vans, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and other 2-axle, 4-tire motor vehicles that are not passenger cars.

b Includes municipally owned transit and commercial, federal, and school buses.

c Includes light and heavy rail only.

d Fiscal year data. Amtrak began operations in 1971.

e Includes demand response, ferryboat, and other transit not specified; 1980 data include ferryboat and "other transit" only.

Key: N = data are nonexistent; P = preliminary; U = unavailable.

Sources: Various sources, as cited in U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, table 1-37, available at http://www.bts.gov, as of September 2006.