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Average Passenger Revenue per Passenger-Mile

Dataset Table:

Year Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service Index (1990 = 100) Commuter rail Index (1990 = 100) 1
1960 6.1 45 U NA 2
1965 6.1 45 U NA 3
1970 6.0 45 U NA 4
1975 7.7 57 U NA 5

Embedded Dataset Excel:

Dataset Excel:

table_03_20_120420.xlsx

Notes:

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics rebased the consumer price index from 1982-84=100 to 1990=100. 

Description:

KEY: NA = not applicable; U = data are not available.

aAmtrak began operations in 1971.

Source:

Air carrier, domestic, scheduled service:

1960: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1969 (Washington, DC:  February 1970), part III, table 2 (passenger-miles); part IV, table 2 (passenger revenues).

1965-70: Civil Aeronautics Board, Handbook of Airline Statistics, 1973 (Washington, DC: March 1974), part III, table 2 (passenger-miles); part IV, table 2 (passenger revenues).

1975-80: Civil Aeronautics Board, Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC:  Annual December Issues), p. 2, line 3; and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC:  Annual December Issues), p. 4, line 9.

1985: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, Air Carrier Financial Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 4, line 3 and similar pages in previous editions; and Air Carrier Traffic Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual December issues), p. 3, line 9, and similar pages in previous editions (total passenger operating revenues / total revenue passenger-miles).

1990-2019: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of Airline Information, TranStats Database, T1: U.S. Air Carrier Traffic and Capacity Summary by Service Class and Air Carrier Financial Reports, Schedule P-1.2, available at https://www.transtats.bts.gov/homepage.asp as of Nov. 20, 2020.

Commuter rail:

1990-2001: American Public Transportation Association, Public Transportation Fact Book (Washington, DC: 2011), tables 3 and 92 (passenger fares / passenger miles).

2002-19: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, Annual Database Service and Annual Database Fare Revenue (Washington, D.C.: Annual reports), available at https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/ntd-data as of Nov. 20, 2020.

Intercity / Amtrak:

1960-70: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues).

1975-80: Amtrak, personal communication, June 22, 2011.

1985-2002: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual Issues) (transportation revenues / passenger-miles).

2003-19: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC:  Annual Issues), p. 73 and similar pages in previous editions (passenger revenue/revenue passenger miles).

Consumer Price Index:

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Consumer Price Index-Urban, U.S. All Items Indexes, available at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ as of Nov. 20, 2020.

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