Office of Operations Freight Management and Operations

Freight Facts and Figures 2011

Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.


2. Government Accession No.

3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle

Freight Facts and Figures 2011

5. Report Date

November 2011


6. Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Rolf Schmitt and Michael Sprung, FHWA
Christopher Rick and Joanne Sedor, MacroSys

8. Performing Organization Report No.

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

MacroSys, LLC
1901 N. Moore Street, Suite 509
Arlington, VA 22209

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)


11. Contract or Grant No.

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Freight Management and Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered



14. Sponsoring Agency Code

15. Supplementary Notes


16. Abstract

This report provides an overview of freight transportation, focusing on the volume and value of freight shipments, the extent of the freight network, industry employment and productivity patterns, and related safety, energy use, and environmental effects. Economic and social characteristics of the United States also are provided as background information.  Metric data are available for several tables as well.

17. Key Word

Freight transportation, freight network, freight mobility, congestion, productivity, trade, economy, safety, energy use, emissions, employment, shipments

18. Distribution Statement


19. Security Classif. (of this report)


20. Security Classif. (of this page)


21. No. of Pages



22. Price


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