Performance-based Regulations

Performance-based Regulations: A New Approach to Making a Safe Network Even Safer

Freight Rail Policy Stance Policymakers should embrace performance-based regulations, which allow railroads to innovate with the latest technologies. Antiquated federal rules and non-transparent processes stifle innovation and growth throughout the freight rail industry. An increasingly technological freight rail industry seeks more modern and efficient regulations at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to facilitate even greater technological gains. One approach to achieve this is through performance-based regulations. These are regulations

Copper Business Expands

A Copper Business Expands with Freight Rail & Trade

Freeport-McMoRan, one of the largest producers of copper in the world, operates the Morenci copper mine and four other production sites throughout Arizona. The Morenci mine — located near Clifton, Arizona — has produced copper for over 100 years, while supporting several small communities in the area. Today, the company is writing a bright new chapter in their history — a testament to the possibilities that are realized when American businesses leverage the power of

USMCA is Critical for Freight

Why the USMCA is Critical for Freight Railroads & Their Customers

From the car you drive to the food you eat, domestic and international trade helps make American life possible. This trade, which happens across North America, depends on manufacturing and services, transporting goods to market and then selling them via various physical and digital retail means. American businesses and major rail shippers — including automobile makers, energy producers, agricultural growers and even beer makers — need the certainty and benefits of tariff-free trade across North

Physical & Cybersecurity

Physical & Cybersecurity: Protecting the Nation’s Freight Rail Network

America’s railroads are a critical component of our national infrastructure, moving the people, raw materials and finished goods that make modern life possible. That’s why the nation’s freight and passenger railroads have worked daily with government agencies and security, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals for nearly two decades to monitor the nearly 140,000-mile rail network, understand potential threats, and protect physical and digital assets. A Unified Security Plan In 1999, the freight rail industry established

Firefighter Group First Responders

Preparedness & Response: Protecting the Freight Rail Network

America’s railroads are a critical component of our national infrastructure, moving the people, raw materials and finished goods that make modern life possible. That is why the nation’s freight rail industry works with safety experts, government organizations and security partners to ensure the network remains resilient. Because the private 140,000-mile rail network is so huge (reaching from coast-to-coast) resiliency comes in many forms. This includes training first responders to prepare for the unlikely event of

Railroads & States

Railroads & States

U.S. freight railroads move over two billion tons annually across nearly 140,000-miles of privately owned infrastructure that runs through 49 states. American freight railroads make massive investments across the country that enable the most efficient freight rail network in the world; moving the goods that make modern life possible, and connecting American businesses to markets from coast to coast and beyond. If railroads did not move freight in the United States it would take over

Freight Rail Impact

Freight Rail’s Impact

We all learned it in school: molecules are the basic building blocks of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist. In much the same way, freight railroads provide the foundation that enables the world’s top economy to thrive. For manufacturers and consumers, small and large businesses, energy companies and farmers, freight rail is the basic building block that allows a great sweep of economic activity to take place across the

Technology: Enhancing an Already Safe Network

Technology: Enhancing an Already Safe Network

We are living in the safest era ever for U.S. railroads According to Federal Railroad Administration data, recent years have been the safest on record for the rail sector. This achievement is due in large part to the industry’s strong safety culture, visible in everything from training to operational protocols. Even so, accidents sometimes occur. From 2013 to 2017, issues with track and equipment were responsible for 42% of train accidents and human error —

Freight Rail: The Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Move Freight Over Land

Freight Rail: The Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Move Freight Over Land

Preserving the natural environment is a responsibility railroads take seriously. Freight rail is well ahead of other modes of transportation when it comes to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. What helps make such a large iron horse locomotive so eco-friendly? Technology. From advanced locomotive technology to zero emission cranes, freight railroads leverage technology in all aspects of their operations to limit their impact on the environment. Thanks in

Freight Rail’s Powerful Economic Impact

Freight Rail’s Powerful Economic Impact

Whether selling and building automobiles and houses, powering businesses or enabling manufacturers to reach new customers, American industries rely on freight rail to get raw goods and products to market in the U.S. and beyond. The net impact is profound, with railroads triggering a powerful economic ripple across a myriad of U.S. industries. Railroads make consistently high investments, and the results are impressive: High-paying jobs within the industry. Additional jobs that are supported by the

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