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DOT Estimates Value of Truck Tonnage to Rise 84% by 2045


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According to a Department of Transportation study released March 3, the amount of freight moved by trucks in the United States will increase 44% by 2045 while its value will jump 84%.

Trucks are by far the nation’s most-used freight mode, moving 64% of tonnage and 69% of its value in 2015.

Total freight moved on all modes, including trucks, is projected to reach 25 billion tons with its value expected to soar to $37 trillion. The data comes from the department’s Freight Analysis Framework.

In 2015, nearly 18.1 billion tons of goods worth about $19.2 trillion were moved. That’s 49 million tons of goods, valued at more than $53 billion, shipped on a daily basis.

Energy commodities were 38% of total tonnage in 2015 and are projected to decline to a 31% share by 2045.

The Freight Analysis Framework includes data on the amount and types of goods that move by land, sea and air among large metropolitan areas, states and regions.

By David Elfin
Staff Reporter


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