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Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles


Quarterly data, not seasonally adjusted

Billions of revenue ton-miles

Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles

Freight carried by rail accounts for a very large share of transportation activity in the U.S. In the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey, rail acounted for 46% of total national ton-miles. Coal accounted for nearly half of this activity, and grains and chemical products also contributed large shares.

Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles (Class I only) 2012 Quarter 2 2013 Quarter 2
Rail Freight Revenue Ton-Miles (billions) 418.4 427.2
Percent change from same quarter previous year - 1.6% + 2.1%

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Data only include Class I railroads.

SOURCE: Surface Transportation Board; Office of Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration; Quarterly Earnings Reports; available at as of August 2013.