The American Transportation Research Institute has released the findings of its 2011 update to “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.” The research, which identified trucking costs from 2009 and the first quarter of 2010 derived directly from fleet operations, is intended to provide carriers with a high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with an accurate dataset for future infrastructure improvement analyses.
ATRI identified 2008, 2009 and first-quarter 2010 cost-per-mile and cost-per-hour figures stratified by fleet size, sector and region of the country. Based on feedback from the 2008 study, the per-truck speed calculation methodology was revised to better reflect the range of speeds at which trucks operate.
The average marginal cost per mile was $1.45 in 2009 and $1.49 in the first quarter of 2010 for the for-hire segment of the industry. These figures were lower than the average marginal cost per mile of $1.65 found in the revised 2008 analysis. Fuel and driver wages, excluding benefits, continued to be the largest cost centers for carriers, constituting 58 percent of the average operating costs in the first quarter of 2010.
A copy of this report is available at www.ATRI-online.org.