Transportation Indicators Highlights - August 2001

Transportation Indicators - Highlights - August 2001

Transportation Indicators
Highlights - August 2001

NOTE: The final issue of this report was December 2002. These reports are provided as a historical reference. A minimal number of indicators are being updated in the White House Economic Statistics Briefing Room.

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Unused seat-miles in domestic commercial aviation measured 15 percent higher in May 2001 than in May 2000, while unused ton-miles in domestic air freight increased 11 percent.   HTML
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Aviation freight revenue load factor fell to 30 percent in May 2001, the lowest value in the five years of data currently available.   HTML
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Over 75 percent of flights by major U.S. air carriers arrived on time (within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival time) in June 2001, compared to 66 percent in June 2000.   HTML
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Inland waterway commercial tonnage was 4 percent lower in July 2001 compared to July 2000, largely due to a 6 percent decline in petroleum and chemical shipments.   HTML
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Consumer prices for transportation declined 0.5 percent in July 2001 compared to July 2000, while the CPI for all items rose over 2.5 percent.   HTML
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Consumer prices for gasoline declined 11 percent from June to July.   HTML
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Train miles per employee hour, a measure of railroad labor productivity, rose almost 15 percent in May 2001 compared to May 2000.   HTML
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Manufacturers new orders for transportation equipment declined more than 3 percent between May and June 2001, while new orders for all manufacturing declined 2 percent.   HTML
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U.S. businesses spent 13 percent less (in inflation adjusted terms) on transportation equipment in the second quarter of 2001 compared to the second quarter of 2000.   HTML
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Retail sales of heavy/medium trucks were 30 percent lower in July 2001 than in July 2000; car sales were 10 percent lower. Light truck sales declined slightly- about 1 percent.   HTML
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Transportation energy consumption was more than 4 percent higher in April 2001 than in April 2000.   HTML
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The validity of these statements has not been statistically tested. BTS is designing a statistical monitoring process in order to apply statistical quality control techniques to the indicators data.