Public transport priced at $5 in 2000 $6.40 in 2017

Historical Price Inflation for Public transport

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Prices for Public Transport, 2000-2017 ($5)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for public transportation were 21.86% lower in 2000 versus 2017.

Public transport experienced an average inflation rate of 1.46% per year between 2000 and 2017. In other words, public transport costing $5 in the year 2000 would cost $6.40 in 2017 for an equivalent purchase.

Pricing changed by 5.67% in 2000, significantly above the yearly average change for public transport during the 2000-2017 time period. Compared to overall inflation for all items in 2000 (3.27%), price inflation for public transport was higher.

Price Inflation for Public transportation since 1935

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (20.38%), 1981 (19.37%), and 1970 (12.23%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Public transportation:

Year 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CPI 9.100 8.983 8.920 9.040 9.100 9.100 9.100 9.160 9.200 9.200 9.200 9.480 9.869 11.177 12.415 13.400 14.815 15.785 16.831 17.969 18.462 19.200 19.931 20.877 21.492 22.223 23.208 23.969 24.262 24.708 25.215 26.108 27.431 28.715 30.915 35.223 37.754 39.315 39.708 40.600 43.500 47.777 50.031 51.515 54.946 69.008 85.585 94.892 99.454 105.654 110.477 116.954 121.077 123.285 129.515 142.623 148.931 151.369 166.992 171.962 175.885 181.892 186.723 190.338 197.685 209.562 210.638 207.354 209.300 209.062 217.254 226.577 230.002 250.549 236.348 251.351 269.403 271.351 278.851 276.394 268.725 265.397 268.178

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How to calculate the inflation rate for public transport, 2000-2017

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2017 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Public transportation was 209.562 in the year 2000 and 268.178 in 2017:

268.178 / 209.562 * $5 = $6.40

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the "purchasing power" of $5 from 2000 is $6.40 in 2017 (in the category of Public transportation).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Public transportation in 1935. In addition to public transport, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of other goods and services.

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