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Freight Analysis Framework Historical Series Released

Release Number: 
DOT 61-17

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released a historical series of Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) data that allows users to analyze freight flow trends from 1997 to 2045 by using a combination of this new historical series, recent annual data, and long range forecasts. The FAF uses base years with five-year intervals corresponding to the years in which the Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) is conducted. The newly-released historical series uses data from the most recent base year of 2012 to adjust the previous FAF base years of 1997, 2002, and 2007. The data for these earlier years have been adjusted to align with the standards of the current generation of the program (FAF4). The historical data enable transportation planners, transportation researchers, and academics to make more informed decisions about the future by having context about the recent past. The FAF program is jointly administered by BTS and the Federal Highway Administration. The full array of FAF products is now available, including data for the previous years, geospatial network and truck flows, ton-miles, and the newly released historical series. Media contact: Dave Smallen, (202) 366-5568,

Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017