TABLE 1-6-1 - Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for the United States: 2007

TABLE 1-6-1 - Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for the United States: 2007

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Mode of transportation 2007 value
(million $)
2007 tons
(thousands)
2007 tonmilesa
(millions)
2007 average miles per shipment
All modes 11,684,872 12,543,425 3,344,658 619
Single modes 9,539,037 11,698,128 2,894,251 234
Truckb 8,335,789 8,778,713 1,342,104 206
For-hire truck 4,955,700 4,075,136 1,055,646 599
Private truck 3,380,090 4,703,576 286,457 57
Rail 436,420 1,861,307 1,344,040 728
Water 114,905 403,639 157,314 520
Shallow draft 91,004 343,307 117,473 144
Great Lakes S 17,792 6,887 657
Deep draft 23,058 42,540 32,954 923
Air (included truck and air) 252,276 3,611 4,510 1,304
Pipelinec 399,646 650,859 S S
Multiple modes 1,866,723 573,729 416,642 975
Parcel, USPS, or courier 1,561,874 33,900 27,961 975
Truck and rail 187,248 225,589 196,772 1,007
Truck and water 58,389 145,521 98,396 1,429
Rail and water 13,892 54,878 47,111 1,928
Other multiple modes 45,320 113,841 46,402 1,182
Other and unknown modes 279,113 271,567 33,764 116

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

a Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network.
bTruck as a single mode includes any shipment made by private truck only, by for-hire truck only, or by a combination of private and for-hire truck.
cPipeline estimates exclude shipments of crude petroleum.

NOTES: Value-of-shipment estimates are reported in current prices. Estimates are based on final data from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey. Details may not add to totals due to rounding. More information on sampling error, confidentiality protection, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions may be found at http://www.bts.gov/cfs.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census: Transportation Commodity Flow Survey, December 2009.