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LATEST TRANSPORTATION DATA REVEALS AN ECONOMY STILL STRUGGLING TO LEAVE BEHIND THE GREATEST DEPRESSION

Each month the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the Department of Transportation releases data collected about movement of people and goods conveyed by airplanes, trains, ships and pipelines. By putting that data into context, we can catch a glimpse of what is happening in the economy.



These charts reveal that perhaps we're in the early stages of lift off from the bottom.






It's getting worse for rail carriers.


And it's getting worse for sellers of scheduled passenger flights for domestic and international travel.


And it is clear that water haulers slipped between 2011 and 2014 after the 2009 lows.


When the poor aren't working, they can't travel hardly anywhere.


And when people are poorer, they don't fly and drive, they ride subsidized Amtrak.


As well, airline enterprisers have cut their flights, though this seems to be bettering.




And now let's look at the good. Natural gas consumption is up. Likely, this is a result of fracking for oil.


And intermodal traffic is way up.