Freight Rail & the Greening of America
Greening of America

Freight Rail & the Greening of America

How do we protect our environment for future generations? For freight railroads, the answer is by innovating new technologies, investing in new equipment and pioneering new ways of efficiently running our operations. With a private freight rail network that stretches nearly 140,000 miles coast-to-coast, every improvement along the way means a big difference for America’s carbon footprint. Here are just some of the ways freight rail is delivering a greener future for America:

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Railroads & States
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…

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Freight Rail and Global Trade
Freight Rail and Global Trade

Freight Rail and Global Trade

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…

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Freight Rail & Economic Regulation
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Freight Rail & Economic Regulation

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…

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Railroad Jobs: A Highly Skilled & Compensated Workforce
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Railroad Jobs: A Highly Skilled & Compensated Workforce

The industry attracts employees from a wide range of backgrounds —from high school graduates to those holding graduate degrees — to help safely transport the raw materials, products and finished goods that sustain the nation’s economy and people. Railroads provide the opportunity to build lifelong careers in fields such as engineering and dispatching, in law enforcement, information technology and industrial development. And with a strong track record of hiring America’s veterans, rail companies are military-friendly employers. Because of high wages and benefits, technical training and professional growth opportunities, freight rail employees often stay in the industry for their entire careers. Many have family railroad legacies that stretch back generations.

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How Technology Helps Railroads Move Freight More Efficiently Than Ever
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How Technology Helps Railroads Move Freight More Efficiently Than Ever

Each day, nearly 600 freight railroad companies use a shared fleet of 1.6 million freight cars to move goods for thousands of customers spread across North America’s vast rail network. Ensuring that operations run safely and efficiently allows railroads to maintain their competitive edge. By applying advanced software and technologies to operations, railroads move freight more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before. Since 1980, rail traffic density increased approximately 300% with no significant increase in the size of the railroad network, locomotive productivity rose 93% and average freight carried per train rose 63%. Improving the rail industry’s operational efficiency produces dividends for rail shippers too. Efficiency and productivity improvements help railroads keep prices low. In fact, rail shippers today can move roughly twice the amount of freight for nearly the same price paid in 1980, giving them an edge in an increasingly globalized economy.

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