Freight Facts and Figures 2011
Table 5-8. Energy Consumption by Selected Freight Transportation Mode: 2007-2009
In 2009, trucking accounted for nearly three-fourths of freight transportation energy consumption. Water was a distant second with roughly one-eighth of freight energy consumption.
Trillions of BTUs
|Class I Rail||563||539||443|
|Pipeline (natural gas only)||642||668||617|
Key: BTU = British Thermal Unit.
Notes: Based on a new methodology, FHWA revised its annual vehicle miles travelled, number of vehicles, and fuel economy data beginning with 2007. Information on the new methodology is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm. Data in this figure should not be compared to those in previous editions of Freight Facts and Figures. Data do not include energy consumed by oil pipelines (crude petroleum and petroleum products) or coal slurry/water slurry pipelines.
Highway: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: annual issues), table VM-1.
Rail: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: annual issues), p. 40.
Water: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Fuel Oil and Kerosene Sales 2009 (Washington, DC: 2010), tables 2, 4, and similar tables in earlier editions; U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: annual issues), table MF-24, available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2009/ as of September 20, 2011.
Pipeline: U.S. Department of Energy, Natural Gas Annual 2009, (Washington, DC: December 2010), table 15 and similar tables in earlier editions.
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