Source: RITA/BTS. Table 1-38: Average Length of Haul, Domestic
Freight and Passenger Modes.
Average Length of Haul, Domestic Passenger Modes in the
United States, 1960-2010 (in miles)
The average length of passenger hauls in the United States
underlines a clear distinction between modes. The average haul
length for air transport has increased to about 875 miles,
underlining a growth of point-to-point connections in spite of
the setting of regional hubs. The decline of the average length
of passenger rail services (Amtrak) is indicative of the loss of
market share over longer distance and a refocus of rail services
along specific corridors such as Boston-Washington. The
structure of intercity bus and commuter rail services has also
not changed much.