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Freight Analysis Framework

The Freight Analysis Framework (FAF), produced through a partnership between Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), integrates data from a variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of freight movement among states and major metropolitan areas by all modes of transportation. Starting with data from the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey (CFS) and international trade data from the Census Bureau, FAF incorporates data from agriculture, extraction, utility, construction, service, and other sectors.

The FAF version 4 (FAF4) baseline edition provides estimates for tonnage and value by regions of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode for 2012, the most recent CFS year. Data are available through the Data Extraction Tool, for download as a complete database, as well as summary files.

Throughout 2016, releases of additional FAF4 products will provide forecasts through 2045; state-to-state flows for 1997, 2002, and 2007; truck flows assigned to the highway network for 2012 and 2045; and domestic ton-miles and distance bands.

The 2013 Freight Facts and Figures (HTML, PDF 5.8MB) is now available.

FAF4 Data and Documentation

Archived FAF3 Data and Documentation

FAF4 Data and Documentation

FAF Data Tabulation Tool – Create and download customized FAF4 summary tables

Data Files

FAF4 Regional Database for 2012 in zipped CSV format

FAF4 Regional Database for 2012 in zipped MS Access format

FAF4 Summary Statistic and Products

Related Documents

Schedule of Releases

Summer 2016

  • FAF network and truck assignments

Fall 2016

  • Domestic ton-miles and distance bands
  • Historical data for 1997, 2002, and 2007

Mid-2017

  • New annual estimate methodology for estimating annual data

FAF4 Documentation

FAF4 Users Guide

FAF4 Documentation: coming soon

FAF Quarterly Webinar

Please join BTS and the FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations for periodic webinars on FAF. The date of the next webinar is upcoming.

Archived Webinars

Archived FAF Listening Sessions – FHWA offered two listening sessions in December 2013 and January 2014 to obtain feedback on the next generation of the FAF. Recordings of these sessions are available from the links below:

Archived FAF3 Data and Documentation

  • FAF Data Tabulation Tool – Create and download customized FAF3 summary tables
  • Regional Database of tonnage, value, and domestic ton-miles by FAF region of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode for 2007 through 2040
    • FAF3 Regional Database for 2007 with forecasts through 2040, and 2013 Provisional Data in zipped Microsoft Access format [faf3_6_access03.zip 289MB]
    • FAF3 Regional Data base for 2007 with forecasts through 2040 in zipped CSV format [faf3_5.zip 144MB]
    • FAF3 Provisional Annual Data for 2013 in zipped CSV format [faf3_6_prov2013.zip 33MB]
  • State Database of tonnage, value, and domestic ton-miles by state of origin and destination, commodity type, and mode for 1997 through 2040. Note: 1997 and 2002 have been reprocessed using FAF3 methodology with original source data.
    • FAF3 State Database for 2007 with forecasts through 2040, 2013 Provisional Data, and Reprocessed State Annual Data for 1997 and 2002 in zipped Microsoft Access format [faf3_6_access03state.zip 130MB]
    • FAF3 State Database for 2007 with forecasts through 2040 in zipped CSV format [faf3_5_state.zip 179MB]
    • FAF3 State Provisional Annual Data for 2013 in zipped CSV format [faf3_6_prov2013state.zip 13MB]
    • FAF3 Reprocessed State Annual Data for 1997 in zipped CSV format [faf3_3_1997_state.zip 10MB]
    • FAF3 Reprocessed State Annual Data for 2002 in zipped CSV format [faf3_3_2002_state.zip 7MB]

FAF3 Summary Statistics and Products

FAF3 Network Data

FAF3 Documentation

Related Information

Staff Contact

For questions regarding FAF contact us at FAF@dot.gov.

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