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Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for Metropolitan Area of Origin: 2007

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Table 1. Shipment Characteristics by Mode of Transportation for Metropolitan Area of Origin: 2007

Estimates are based on data from the 2007 Commodity Flow Survey. Because of rounding, estimates may not be additive.

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Mode of transportation Value Tons Ton-miles2 Average miles
per shipment
Value Tons Ton-miles Average miles per shipment CV
(million $)
Percent of total 2007
Percent of total 2007
Percent of
CV3 Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of % CV Standard Error of %
All modes 50,493 100 69,132 100 5,386 100 254 12.7 - 14.8 - 11.2 - 40.6
Single modes 39,410 78.1 65,850 95.3 5,122 95.1 227 14.9 4.7 15.8 3.7 11.7 1.6 24.9
Truck4 37,816 74.9 63,004 91.1 4,876 90.5 101 14.2 4.3 16.1 3.8 11.6 2.2 9.3
For-hire truck 17,463 34.6 25,918 37.5 3,277 60.8 386 18.7 4.8 34.9 7.1 18.1 6.4 20.1
Private truck 20,352 40.3 37,086 53.6 1,599 29.7 45 15.1 3.4 21.2 7.5 15.1 6.3 8.2
Rail S S S S S S 295 S S S S S S 40.8
Water S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Shallow draft S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Air (incl truck and air) 554 1.1 4 - 4 0.1 1,113 37.8 0.6 35.5 - 31.3 0.1 31
Pipeline5 S S 1,624 2.3 S S S S S 26 9.9 S S S
Multiple modes 9,947 19.7 282 0.4 223 4.1 S 31.5 4.2 26.6 0.1 33.7 1.6 S
Parcel, U.S.P.S. or courier 9,489 18.8 193 0.3 105 1.9 S 34 4.5 30.9 0.1 30.4 0.4 S
Truck and rail S S S S S S 1,700 S S S S S S 30
Truck and water S S S S S S 977 S S S S S S 36.1
Other multiple modes S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
Other and unknown modes S S S S 41 0.8 S S S S S 29.2 0.2 S

KEY: S = Estimate does not meet publication standards because of high sampling variability or poor response quality. - = Zero or Less than half the unit shown; thus, it has been rounded to zero.

1 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) geographic areas were drawn from a subset of Combined Statistical Areas (CSAs) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MeSAs) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). However, CFS metropolitan areas are divided into their state parts when they include more than one state. In addition, the CFS also utilizes a unique geography referred to as, "remainder of state," to represent those areas of a state not contained within a separately published metropolitan area for the CFS (as opposed to not part of any Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) as defined by OMB). Because of the differences in the CFS geography, as compared to OMB defined geography, caution should be exercised when comparing CFS estimates to other estimates of similar geography.
2 Ton-miles estimates are based on estimated distances traveled along a modeled transportation network.
3 Coefficient of Variation.
4 "Truck" as a single mode includes any shipment that was made by private truck only, by for-hire truck only, or by a combination of private and for-hire truck.
5 Estimates for pipeline exclude shipments of crude petroleum.

NOTES: Value-of-shipment estimates are reported in current prices. Estimated measures of sampling variability for each estimate known as coefficients of variation (CV) are also provided in these tables. More information on sampling error, confidentiality protection, nonsampling error, sample design, and definitions may be found at
Rows are not shown if all cells for that particular row have no value. For example, Honolulu, HI by Rail has no data for any shipment characteristic therefore the entire row is not shown.

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.