Read more about the article Freight Rail: The Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Move Freight Over Land
Freight Rail: The Most Environmentally Friendly Way to Move Freight Over Land

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…

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Read more about the article 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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Read more about the article 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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