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BTS Indicators Report Shows Decrease In Sales of Cars and Trucks

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BTS Indicators Report Shows Decrease In Sales of Cars and Trucks

USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics
June 4, 2001

Monday, June 4, 2001
Contact: Catrina Pavlik
Tel: (202) 366-1500
BTS 11-01

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released its monthly Transportation Indicators report showing that sales of cars and trucks declined 10.5 percent from April 2000 to April 2001.

The ninth Transportation Indicators reports that the sales of medium and heavy trucks were down nearly 31 percent, light trucks dropped by 9 percent and cars fell 11 percent during the 12-month period.

The BTS report is a monthly update of critical transportation information that details the impact of transportation on the nation’s economy and society.

Dr. Ashish Sen, BTS Director, said, “The Transportation Indicators report is an easy-to-use source of information, containing data that relates to everyday life.”

Transportation Indicators provides information on more than 90 trends in the areas of safety, mobility, economic growth, the human and natural environment, and national security. The monthly report, which is available at www.bts.gov, provides information to address specific transportation issues and to assist in the effort led by BTS to make transportation information more accurate, reliable, and timely. Updated reports will be available on the BTS website the fourth week of every month.

Other trends highlighted in this month’s report are:

  • Highway vehicle miles of travel declined in February, reflecting a one-year drop of about one-half of 1 percent from February 2000.
  • American households paid 5 percent more for gasoline in April 2001 than in March. This percentage increase was more than 10 times higher than the percentage increases for other transportation components in the consumer price index.
  • Road construction costs in the first quarter of 2001 were 9 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2000.
  • Employment in trucking and warehousing, air transportation, and public transit industries fell slightly in April.

    Continual updating of information on trends will help in developing forecasts for the future, both within the department and outside. The monthly report will also help transportation decision-makers spot changes that might require rapid action.


    Edited:  non-automotive information was removed from this article.

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