Freight Rail Policy Stance: Freight railroads support a continuation of existing balanced regulatory policies. Why This Matters: The current regulatory framework protects rail customers against unreasonable railroad actions while allowing railroads to earn enough to make massive investments into their private 140,000-mile network. These investments ensure freight rail remains America’s critical connector. America’s freight railroads demonstrate that market-based solutions can help build a successful industry that drives economic prosperity from coast-to-coast. A broad and bipartisan
Environmental Benefits of Moving Freight by Rail Railroads are the most environmentally sound way to move freight over land. On average, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. They also reduce highway gridlock, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. Through the use of greener technologies and more efficient operating practices, our nation’s privately owned freight railroads are committed to even greater environmental excellence in the years
How Intermodal Reinvented Freight Rail After the nation’s first railroad was chartered in 1827, the freight rail industry quickly became the preferred heavy hauler. From grain to coal to steel — freight rail moved the goods needed to power America’s Industrial Revolution. However, by the 1970s, heavy-handed regulation had pushed the industry toward collapse, making it ill-prepared to meet the challenges of a burgeoning global economy. Things began to turn around, however, beginning in 1980.
Freight Rail: Designed to Drive a Nation Since the earliest Model T rolled off the assembly line, railroads have played a crucial role in America’s auto industry. Today, the size and scope of the U.S. auto industry would surpass Henry Ford’s wildest dreams, thanks in large part to freight railroads who spend millions of dollars annually to efficiently connect North American automakers with their suppliers and customers like you. Part of the Solution Long before
Date: 2/22/2018 In today’s interconnected world, putting “America First” means embracing global trade. The data are clear: Trade supports 40 million quality American jobs. One in four U.S. manufacturing jobs depends on exporting goods. And trade is now equivalent to roughly 27% of the nation’s GDP. American consumers have benefited with access to cheaper goods, too. Perhaps nothing exemplifies the benefits that come from trade as much as the free flow of goods between the
Date: 4/10/2018 With the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) still uncertain, The New York Times highlighted the role freight rail plays in the global economy and why the industry hopes NAFTA negotiators will finalize a deal soon. “At its guts, a railroad like Union Pacific is built on people consuming stuff, industry consuming stuff, and trade flows,” Lance Fritz, Union Pacific’s CEO, told The Times. “When those are happening and growing,
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 20, 2018 – Edward R. Hamberger, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to appoint Ann Begeman Chair of the Surface Transportation Board (STB): “The freight railroad industry welcomes the news that President Trump has named Ann Begeman as Chair of the STB and congratulates Ms. Begeman on her appointment from the Acting Chair role. Our industry appreciates the
For Immediate Release January 29, 2018 -RPA Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail – (202) 793-3201 -AAR Contact: Jessica Kahanek – (202) 639-2345 -APTA Contact: Virginia Miller – (202) 496-4816 In light of recent tragic incidents in Florida—and an unhelpful political campaign targeting the Brightline rail service—the Rail Passengers Association, the Association of American Railroads and the American Public Transportation Association are coming together to educate the public on the importance of safe behavior around railroad tracks: it
Washington, D.C. – March 13, 2018 – Newly released data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) confirms that recent years remain the safest ever for U.S. railroads. Through employee commitment to safety and investments in maintenance and new technologies, the industry has maintained the strong safety record of recent years, with the train accident rate down 28 percent in the last decade and last year marking the lowest rate of track-caused and human factor-caused accidents ever.