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The latest Freight Analysis Framework (FAF version 4) shows that modes used for the domestic movement of gasoline varies greatly by the shipment distance. For short-haul movements (less than 250 miles), gasoline is primarily shipped by truck and pipeline, but for long-haul movements (1,000 miles and over), rail and water are used most often, likely due to the economics of bulk shipments by those modes. Of total gasoline movement in 2015 (139 billion ton-miles) about 38% are short hauls.

Gasoline Movement by Shipment Distance and Mode, 2015

Pie charts showing gasoline movement by shipment distance and mode in 2015


  • Short-haul movements have a distance band within 250 miles. Medium-haul movements have a distance band between 250 and 1,000 miles. Long-haul movements have a distance band of 1,000 miles and over.
  • Movements of gasoline intended for import or export are excluded. Only domestic movements are included.
  • The movement of gasoline also includes aviation turbine fuel, ethanol, kerosene, and fuel alcohols.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight Analysis Framework Data Tabulation Tool, accessed February 28, 2018.

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