Line-haul speed is a shipper-related indicator of the performance of the railroad industry. The average speed is the over-the-rail train speed and does not include terminal dwell time, time for local pickup and delivery, and the time shipments spend in storage yards.
|Quarter||Average line-haul speed (mph)||Revenue ton-miles
|Average terminal dwell time (hours)|
KEY: U = Data are unavailable.
NOTES: Average line-haul speed data are preliminary for 2005 Q1 through 2008 Q4. Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) data are excluded from average line-haul speed and average terminal dwell time, but not from revenue ton-miles.
SOURCES: Average line-haul speed and terminal dwell time: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, calculations using data reported by Class I railroads to the Association of American Railroads for posting at http://www.railroadpm.org/, and Surface Transportation Board (STB), Statistics of Class I Railroads in the United States, table 8, available at http://www.stb.dot.gov/ as of November 2009; Revenue ton-miles: STB, Quarterly Selected Earnings Report, available at http://www.stb.dot.gov/ as of November 2009.