Find the latest Coronavirus-related transportation statistics on the BTS Covid-19 landing page

Legacy Publication

You are here

Table 4-18: Amtrak Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-18: Amtrak Fuel Consumption and Travel

Excel | CSV

  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Number in use                                            
Locomotives 355 419 291 318 316 336 360 338 313 299 332 345 329 378 401 372 442 276 258 319 270 278
Cars 1,913 2,128 1,854 1,863 1,786 1,796 1,853 1,852 1,722 1,730 1,728 1,962 1,992 1,894 2,084 2,896 1,623 1,211 1,186 1,191 1,164 1,177
Miles traveled (millions)                                            
Train-miles 30 30 30 33 34 34 35 34 32 30 32 33 34 35 36 38 37 37 36 36 37 38
Car-miles 253 235 251 301 313 307 303 304 292 276 288 312 342 368 378 379 332 308 265 264 267 272
Locomotive fuel consumed                                            
Electric (million of kWhs) (R) 180 (R) 254 (R) 295 (R) 330 (R) 303 300 301 309 336 363 390 416 443 470 (R) 456 (R) 518 (R) 537 (R) 551 (R) 531 (R) 549 (R) 578 582
Diesel (million gallons) (R) 63 (R) 64 (R) 65 (R) 82 82 (R) 82 (R) 83 74 72 71 76 76 79 95 97 (R) 84 (R) 75 (R) 69 (R) 65 (R) 62 (R) 62 63
Average miles traveled per car (thousands) 132 110 135 162 175 171 164 164 170 160 167 159 172 194 181 131 204 255 223 222 229 231

KEY: kWh = kilowatt hour; R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

SOURCES

Number of locomotives and cars:

1975-80: National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), State and Local Affairs Department, personal communication.

1985-2000: Ibid., Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

2001-08: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.

Miles traveled:

Train-miles:

1975-2002: National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

2003-08: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.

Car-miles:

1975: Association of American Railroads, Yearbook of Railroad Facts 1975 (Washington, DC: 1976), p. 40.

1980-85: National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), State and Local Affairs Department and Public Affairs Department, personal communication.

1990-2000: Ibid., Amtrak Corporate Reporting, Route Profitability System, personal communication, Aug. 22, 2001.

2001-08: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.

Locomotive fuel consumed:

1975-2001: National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), State and Local Affairs Department, personal communication.

2001-08: National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), personal communication, Jan. 7, 2010.

Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017