Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of freight transportation equivalent to a ton of freight moved one mile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A unit of railroad accounts which represents the transportation of one ton of freight the distance of one mile.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • MR. RENNICKE: If the traffic-level trajectories are correct, then ton-mile one ton of paying freight shipped one mile growth could be in the 80% range by 2035 to 2040, and on this basis, industry prospects are bright.

    The Future of Rail

  • And the industry itself measures the rate of spill per ton-mile shipped.

    Op-Ed: Oil Drilling Unsafe In Every Backyard

  • Accidents happen in every industry, maybe you will remember the gas pipe explosion in northern Mexico, but if you compare ton-mile of cargo lifted, nothing beats shipping bulk via water.

    If You Oppose Domestic Drilling, You Support Oil Spills - Vladimir’s blog - RedState

  • "Energy efficiency is a good proxy for emissions, and emissions per passenger-mile and ton-mile are lower for rail than for aviation, cars and trucks," said Ross B. Capon, executive director of the National Association of Railroad Passengers.

    AIR TRAVEL AND ITS IMPACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Cap and Trade or routine increases in the price of oil could easily cause trains to gain relative to trucks, however; trains use much less fuel per ton-mile, so anything that raises fuel prices favors trains.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What Does Warren Buffet Know?

  • All these components are added by means of a common functional unit of grams of air pollutant per ton-mile of freight activity.

    Rabett Run

  • It emits 35 times more CO2 than rail and 18 times more than road transportation on a ton-mile basis.

    Rabett Run

  • The transportation cost is measure in just a few pennies per ton-mile.

    Navy blues

  • By comparison, the cost of moving things by air is measure in tens of dollars per ton-mile.

    Navy blues

  • "It is called the 'ton-mile effect,'" says Mr. Combe.

    Ship Shortage

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