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.