Table 5 - Hazardous Versus Nonhazardous Materials Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation in 2007

Table 5 - Hazardous Versus Nonhazardous Materials Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation in 2007

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Mode of transportation Tons Ton-miles
Total (thousands) Hazardous Percentage Nonhazardous Percentage Total (millions) Hazardous Percentage Nonhazardous Percentage
All modes 12,543,425 17.8 82.2 3,344,658 9.7 90.3
Truck 8,778,713 13.7 86.3 1,342,104 7.7 92.3
For-hire truck 4,075,136 12.1 87.9 1,055,646 6.0 94.0
Private truck 4,703,576 15.0 85.0 286,457 14.2 85.8
Rail 1,861,307 7.0 93.0 1,344,040 6.9 93.1
Water 403,639 37.1 62.9 157,314 23.6 76.4
Air (includes truck and air) 3,611 S 90.2 4,510 S 96.1
Pipeline 650,859 96.6 3.4 S S S
Multiple modes 573,729 19.4 80.6 416,642 10.3 89.7
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 33,900 0.7 99.3 27,961 0.5 99.5
Other multiple modes 113,841 49.8 50.2 46,402 37.3 62.7
Other and unknown modes 271,567 3.1 96.9 33,764 4.3 95.7

KEY: S = Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.

SOURCE: Research and Innovative Technology Administration and U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Commodity Flow Survey, Hazardous Materials, Table 4, available at http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/commodity_flow_survey/index.html