Modes of Transportation Comparison

In the chart below, the six main modes of transporting products are compared for each of the key transportation features.

modes of transportation summary chart

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Also shown below are the estimated percentages of product movement (i.e., freight traffic) that occurs within the United States for the five modes that handle tangible products. These percentages are taken from the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation.

U.S. domestic freight metrics

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