Amtrak Passenger Rail Fuel Consumption and Travel

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The dataset gives information on the total energy consumed and distance traveled in National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) modes of transportation. The United States is a nation on the move. The different types of energy sources or fuels include petroleum products, which include crude oil and petroleum liquids that result from natural gas processing, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, residual fuel oil, and propane. Biofuels are also included such as ethanol and biodiesel, and it also has information on natural gas and electricity that are also other types of energy sources they use.

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The United States is a highly developed and industrialized society. Americans use a lot of energy in homes, in businesses, and in industry. Americans also use energy for personal travel and for transporting goods. There are five energy consuming sectors:

1. The industrial sector includes facilities and equipment used for manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and construction.

2. The transportation sector includes vehicles that transport people or goods, such as cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trains, aircraft, boats, barges, and ships.

3. The residential sector consists of homes and apartments.

4. The commercial sector includes offices, malls, stores, schools, hospitals, hotels, warehouses, restaurants, and places of worship and public assembly.

5. The electric power sector consumes primary energy to generate most of the electricity consumed by the other four sectors.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that cars, light trucks, and motorcycles use the largest share of the total energy consumed for transportation in the United States.

For more than 180 years, railroads revolutionized transportation and catalyzed economic development. Today, freight railroads connect thousands of American communities to the global economy and operate the most efficient and cost-effective freight rail system in the world. As a result, customers — and consumers — save billions of dollars each year. Freight railroads help ease highway congestion, save energy, and reduce carbon emissions. Almost two hundred years after the first American freight train rumbled down a track, America’s railroads remain the backbone of the nation’s economy and the engine that moves America. Operating across nearly 140,000 miles, U.S. freight railroads manage a complex nationwide rail system efficiently, reliably and affordably. As a result, the U.S. is home to the most efficient and cost-effective rail system in the world, benefitting U.S. businesses and consumers. But railroad’s impact on the U.S. economy goes well beyond their tracks. U.S. rail industry spending supports $274 billion in economic activity each year. So, for every dollar railroads spend, ten dollars in economic activity is generated. From 1980 to 2016, privately-owned freight railroads spent more than $630 billion of their own funds on locomotives, freight cars, tracks, bridges, tunnels and other infrastructure and equipment to keep the economy moving. In 2017, America’s freight railroads project to spend an estimated $22 billion to sustain and enhance the network on which America’s economy rides.

Date Created

2016-01-01

Last Modified

2016-01-01

Version

2016-01-01

Update Frequency

Irregular

Temporal Coverage

1975-2013

Spatial Coverage

United States

Source

John Snow Labs => U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Source License URL

John Snow Labs Standard License

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N/A

Source Citation

N/A

Keywords

Electrical Energy, Petroleum Products, Rail Freight, Energy Consumption US, Fuel Consumption, Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Other Titles

US Total Energy Consumption and Distance Travelled By Amtrak Passenger Rail 1960-2015, US Energy Utilization and Miles Travelled By Passenger Rail 1960-2015

Name Description Type Constraints
YearYear of datadate-
Number_Of_Locomotives_In_UseNumber of locomotive in use in Amtrakintegerlevel : Ratio
Number_Of_Cars_In_UseNumber of cars in use in Amtrakintegerlevel : Ratio
Million_Miles_Traveled_By_TrainDistance travelled by train in million milesintegerlevel : Ratio
Million_Miles_Traveled_By_CarDistance travelled by car in million milesintegerlevel : Ratio
Electric_Energy_Consumption_By_Train_In_Million_KilowatthoursElectrical energy consumed by train in million kilowatthoursintegerlevel : Ratio
Diesel_Energy_Consumption_By_Train_In_Million_GallonsDiesel energy consumed by train in million gallonsintegerlevel : Ratio
Average_Miles_Traveled_Per_Car_In_ThousandsAverage distance travelled per car in thousand milesintegerlevel : Ratio
YearNumber_Of_Locomotives_In_UseNumber_Of_Cars_In_UseMillion_Miles_Traveled_By_TrainMillion_Miles_Traveled_By_CarElectric_Energy_Consumption_By_Train_In_Million_KilowatthoursDiesel_Energy_Consumption_By_Train_In_Million_GallonsAverage_Miles_Traveled_Per_Car_In_Thousands
197535519133025318063132
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
198041921283023525464110
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