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 57,965 100.0 69,456 100.0 8,406 100.0 349
Single modes 49,906 86.1 68,812 99.1 8,152 97.0 136
Truck2 44,553 76.9 53,872 77.6 6,256 74.4 99
Rail S S 3,007 4.3 S S 623
All other single modes 4,179 7.2 11,933 17.2 S S 1,300
Multiple modes 6,975 12.0 195 0.3 121 1.4 624
Parcel, USPS or courier 6,761 11.7 162 0.2 84 1.0 624
All other multiple modes S S 33 S S S
Other and unknown modes 1,084 1.9 449 0.6 S S S

– 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.