TABLE 15-7b Passenger-Miles of Travel, Energy Consumption, and Energy Efficiency: 1991-2001

TABLE 15-7b Passenger-Miles of Travel, Energy Consumption, and Energy Efficiency: 1991-2001

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  1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Passenger-miles of travel (billions) 3,815 3,925 3,996 4,082 4,120 4,247 4,376 4,497 4,620 4,732 4,743
Energy use (trillions of Btu) 14,167 14,668 15,123 15,404 15,631 16,033 16,399 16,787 17,416 17,373 17,370
Energy efficiency (pmt/thousand Btu) 0.27 0.27 0.26 0.26 0.26 0.26 0.27 0.27 0.27 0.27 0.27

KEY: Btu = British thermal units; pmt = passenger-miles of travel.

NOTES: Pmt is the sum of pmt for certificated air carriers (domestic), passenger cars, motorcycles, light trucks (other 2-axle, 4-tire vehicles), bus, transit (excluding bus), and intercity/Amtrak rail. Energy consumption is the sum of that for commercial aviation (passenger), gasoline fuel (passenger cars, light trucks, and buses), and Amtrak (which includes electricity and distillate/diesel fuels). Passenger commercial domestic aviation fuel consumption data were estimated from total commercial domestic aviation fuel consumption data. General aviation data are excluded because passenger and freight operations data cannot be disaggregated.

SOURCES: Pmt and energy use (except transit)-U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics 2003, tables 1-34, 4-6, and 4-8, available at http://www.bts.gov/, as of March 2004. Transit energy use-American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Fact Book 2003 (Washington, DC: 2003), tables 33 and 35.