Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for CBSA of Origin: 2002

[Estimates are based on data from the Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive]

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Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles1 Average miles per shipment
(million $)
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total 2002
Percent of total
All modes 58,169 100.0 250,023 100.0 39,839 100.0 177
Single modes 54,123 93.0 247,129 98.8 36,428 91.4 116
Truck2 20,238 34.8 48,001 19.2 4,360 10.9 113
Rail 3,203 5.5 4,597 1.8 4,324 10.9 788
All other single modes 30,682 52.7 194,530 77.8 27,744 69.6 S
Multiple modes 2,057 3.5 S S S S 502
Parcel, USPS or courier 1,711 2.9 73 39 0.1 502
All other multiple modes 346 0.6 S S S S 801
Other and unknown modes S S 1,381 0.6 S S 48

– Represents data cell equal to zero or less than 1 unit of measure.
S Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality.

1 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network. See "Mileage Calculations" section for additional information.
2 "Truck" as a single mode includes shipments that were made by only private Truck, only for-hire Truck, or combination of private Truck and for-hire Truck.

NOTES: Value-of-shipments estimates have not been adjusted for price changes. Appendix B tables provide estimated measures of sampling variability. The Introduction and appendixes give information on confidentially protection, sampling error, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions. Links to this information on the Internet may be found at
Coverage for the 2002 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) differs from the previous surveys due to a change from the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification System to the 1997 North American Industry Classification System and other survey improvements. Therefore, data users are urged to use caution when comparing 2002 CFS estimates with estimates from prior years.

SOURCE: Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USDOT) and U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Commodity Flow Survey, Metropolitan Data, December 2004.