Freight Shipments Within the U.S. by Mode: 2012, 2015, and 2045

Value of Shipments
Billions of Chained 2012 Dollars
Mode 2012 2015 2045
Truck
12,222
13,066
24,506
Rail
718
793
1,789
Water
430
486
947
Air and truck-air
650
766
3,126
Pipeline
1,301
1,486
1,867
Multiple modesa
2,148
2,325
5,192
Otherb
264
257
559
Total
17,733
19,178
37,985
Weight of Shipments
Millions of Tons
Mode 2012 2015 2045
Truck
10,759
11,466
17,248
Rail
1,838
1,802
2,557
Water
654
722
1,068
Air and truck-air
7
7
25
Pipeline
2,963
3,358
4,646
Multiple modesa
424
444
1,013
Otherb
398
314
414
Total
17,043
18,113
26,971
Ton Miles of Shipments
Billions of Ton Miles
Mode 2012 2015 2045
Truck
1,919
2,048
3,580
Rail
1,491
1,436
1,999
Water
323
333
445
Air and truck-air
6
7
27
Pipeline
821
967
1,346
Multiple modesa
339
360
848
Otherb
11
11
34
Total
4,911
5,161
8,278

Notes:

aIncludes mail. bIncludes other, unknown, and imported crude oil with no domestic mode.

Details may not add to totals due to rounding. Includes domestic trade and the domestic portion of imports and exports.

Sources:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Federal Highway Administration, Freight Analysis Framework, Version 4.4, available at https://www.bts.gov/.

Last Updated: October 2017 | Retrieved: Not Available