Transportation Indicators Highlights - May 2002

Transportation Indicators - Highlights - May 2002

Transportation Indicators
Highlights - May 2002

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 These reports are provided as a historical reference.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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Preliminary estimates for 2001 suggest a 4 percent decline from 2000 in the number of people injured in motor vehicle crashes, from 3,190,000 in 2000 to 3,055,000 in 2001. 41,730 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2001, a decline of 0.2 percent from 2000.   HTML
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In February 2002, domestic revenue passenger miles for U.S. air carriers were 9 percent lower than in February 2001. Revenue ton-miles were also down 9 percent. The decline in revenue passenger miles and revenue ton-miles was less than the 12 percent and 14 percent (respectively) decline in January 2002 compared to a year earlier.   HTML
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There were 11 percent fewer revenue enplanements on domestic airlines in February 2002 than a year earlier - 42.4 million compared to 47.6 million. This was an improvement over the 13 percent decline in enplanements in January 2002 compared to a year earlier.   HTML
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Rail intermodal traffic in the week ending May 11, 2002 was 11 percent higher in the United States and 12 percent higher in Canada than in the comparable week last year.   HTML
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April 2002 consumer prices for gasoline were 10 percent above March 2002 prices, the third highest increase in the last 12 years. The April 2002 figure was still 9 percent lower than the record level in April 2001.   HTML
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Consumer prices for new cars and trucks have decreased 3 percent since 1997, while consumer prices for all other components of private transportation have increased.   HTML
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Since 1993, producer prices for air transportation have risen 55 percent, while producer prices for rail transportation have increased only 7 percent.   HTML
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April 2002 producer prices for highway and street construction were 4 percent below April 2001, the second largest decline in the 10 year period tracked by this report.   HTML
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Since 1992, average real hourly earnings of Class I Railroad workers have fallen by over 20 percent, while train-miles/employee-hour rose by 50 percent.   HTML
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Comparing the fourth quarter of 2001 with that of 2000, large air carrier operating revenues were down 26 percent while expenses declined only 12 percent. More specifically, passenger revenues were down 30 percent and freight revenues down 8 percent.   HTML
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Business investment in transportation equipment was 7 percent lower in the first quarter of 2002 than the first quarter of 2001.   HTML
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Retail gasoline cost was 37 cents per gallon more in Los Angeles than in Atlanta in April 2002.   HTML
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U.S. travel exports increased 21 percent in the first quarter of 2002 over the last quarter of 2001, while U.S. travel imports grew 20 percent. These first quarter figures were 11 and 17 percent lower, respectively, than the first quarter of 2001.   HTML
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Transportation energy consumption was 4 percent lower in January 2002 than the same month the previous year.   HTML
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The U.S. imported 12 percent less petroleum, on a net basis, in March 2002 than in March 2001.   HTML
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Passengers Transported on the Top Three International Routes   HTML
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Special Section - A Time Series Analysis of U.S. Inland Waterways Trade   HTML
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Special Section - International Space Transportation   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.