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117 APPEN D I X D National-Level Performance Measures: State of Practice

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118 RITA's Key Transportation Indicators passenger services nationally from that base point, back to 1990 and forward to present. An expanded discussion of the The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) within the TSI occurs later in this appendix. TSI is used as a case study Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) because it is analogous to the effort envisioned for the freight produces a monthly report entitled Key Transportation Indi- performance measurement research project. cators. The report includes both passenger and freight infor- Five of the measures are directly related to freight: the TSI mation derived from RITA's and BTS' extensive data sources, freight volume index, rail freight revenue ton-miles, U.S.- as well as sources from other federal agencies. The full list of Canada-Mexico surface trade, inland waterway delay, and indicators is in Table D.1 freight rail yields. Others, such as gasoline and diesel prices A PPENDIX D N ATIONAL and -L EVEL P transportationERFORMANCE employment, are indirectly related. Figure D.1 captures the operating yield, or revenue, per ton- Transportation Services Index M EASURES :S TATE Among the monthly indicators is the Transportation Ser- OF P RACTICE mile of rail freight. This is a way of showing the average price paid by freight rail users. Yields break down into costs (such as vices Index (TSI), which tracks both passenger and freight fuel and labor) and profits associated with rail operations, which RITA's Key Transportation Indicators volumes as part of a moving index pegged to January 2000 as may vary by commodity hauled and geography. Its source is The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) within theRITA. In and Figure D.2 areTechnology continental surface trade statistics.2 1 a base year. The TSI allows the observation of total freight and Research Innovative Administration (RITA) produces a monthly report entitled Key Transportation Indicators. The report includes both passenger and freight information derived from RITA's and BTS' extensive data sources, as well as sources from other federal agencies. The full list of indicators is below in Table D.1 Table D.1. Table D.1. RITA RITAindicators. indicators. RITA Key Transportation Indicators Transportation Services Index Air Travel Price Index Jet Fuel Prices Major US Carrier On-Time Retail Diesel Prices Gasoline Prices Vehicle Miles Travelled Amtrak Ridership Railroad Fuel Prices Rail Freight Revenue Ton Miles Amtrak On-Time Amtrak Revenue US-Canadian-Mexico Surface Trade Personal Spending on Transportation Transportation Employment Inland Waterway Delay Transit Ridership Airline Passengers US Airline Revenue-Passenger Miles and Amtrak Ticket Prices and Freight Rail Yields Load Factor Yields Among the monthly indicators is the Transportation Services Index (TSI), which tracks both passenger and freight volumes as part of a moving index pegged to January 2000 as a base year. The TSI allows the observation of total freight and passenger services nationally from that base point, back to 1990 and present to current months. An expanded discussion of the TSI occurs later in this appendix. TSI is used as Comment [JP1]: Author: Pre current? a case study because it is analogous to the effort envisioned for the freight performance measurement research project. Five of the measures are directly related to freight: the TSI freight volume index, rail freight revenue ton- miles, U.S.-Canada-Mexico surface trade, inland waterway delay, and freight rail yields. Others, such as gasoline and diesel prices and transportation employment, are indirectly related. 1 Figure D.1. Railroad yields. Figure D.1. Railroad yields. Figure D.1 above captures the operating yield, or revenue, per ton-mile of rail freight. This is a way of showing the average price paid by freight rail users. Yields break down into costs (such as fuel and labor) and profits associated with rail operations, which may vary by commodity hauled and geography. Its source is RITA.1 Below in Figure D.2 are continental surface trade statistics.2

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119 Figure D.2. Canadian and Mexican trade figures. Endnotes 1 BTS. Calculations based on Surface Transportation Board, Office of Eco- nomics, Environmental Analysis, and Administration, Quarterly Earnings Reports, http://www.stb.dot.gov/ (accessed April 2010). 2 USDOT, RITA, BTS. TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/ntda/ tbscd/prod.html (accessed April 2010).