Transportation Indicators Highlights - November 2002

Transportation Indicators - Highlights - November 2002

Transportation Indicators
Highlights - November 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 These reports are provided as a historical reference.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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Safety        
According to preliminary estimates, total hazardous materials incidents decreased 26 percent in May 2002 compared to the same month last year. This reflects decreases in air, highway and waterborne incidents (32, 26, and 15 percent, respectively). The total decrease in incidents is the largest in the last 10 years.   HTML
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Security        
Net petroleum imports declined 10 percent in September 2002 compared to September 2001, while petroleum products supplied (a proxy for consumption) increased 2 percent over the same period. Together these results indicate a larger share of current petroleum consumption is being met by domestic production and reserves.   HTML
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Mobility        
Eighty-eight percent of scheduled flights by major U.S. passenger carriers arrived on-time in September 2002 for the best on-time arrival rate in the 15 years of available data.   HTML
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Economy        
Personal spending on motor vehicles and parts was up almost 11 percent in the third quarter of 2002 compared to the previous quarter.   HTML
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Total federal expenditures on highway and street construction declined 14 percent in September 2002 (seasonally adjusted). However, public expenditures on land passenger transportation terminals jumped 45 percent in September (seasonally adjusted)- the highest level in the 9 years tracked by this report.   HTML
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Railroad labor productivity (measured in train miles per employee hour) increased 6 percent in August 2002 compared to August 2001- the fourth highest level of productivity in the last 10 years tracked by this report.   HTML
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Retail sales of medium/heavy trucks rose 16 percent in September 2002 compared to September 2001, while sales of both light trucks and cars declined over the same period.   HTML
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Manufacturers' new orders for transportation equipment dropped 16 percent in September 2002 (seasonally adjusted)-the largest percentage drop since November 2001. This drop follows a nearly 23 percent increase in July and a relatively flat August.   HTML
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The value per metric ton of U.S. waterborne imports increased 8 percent in July 2002 compared to July of last year- the highest value per metric ton since November 2000. Value per metric ton of waterborne exports dropped 3 percent over the same period.   HTML
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Human and Natural Environment        
Transportation energy consumption dropped 2 percent in July 2002 compared to July of last year.   HTML
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Sampling, as well as non-sampling, errors may exist in the reported data.