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Freight Facts and Figures 2013

Figure 3-1. Freight Flows by Highway, Railroad, and Waterway: 2010

Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States, but railroads and waterways carry significant volumes over long distances. Rail moves a large volume of coal between the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and the Midwest, while the principal inland waterways movement, by freight volume, occurs along the Lower Mississippi River.


Figure 3-1. U.S. map showing truck tonnage moves throughout the country, while rail volume is concentrated between the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and the Midwest, and inland waterway volume is concentrated along the Lower Mississippi River.

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Highways: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework, Version 3.4, 2013.

Rail: Based on Surface Transportation Board, Annual Carload Waybill Sample and rail freight flow assignments done by Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Inland Waterways: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Institute of Water Resources, Annual Vessel Operating Activity and Lock Performance Monitoring System data, 2013.


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