Railroads are the most environmentally friendly way to move freight over land.
They reduce highway gridlock, lower greenhouse gas emissions and help reduce emissions of particulates and other pollutants.
In fact, U.S. freight railroads’ volume was much higher in 2016 than it was in 1980 while their fuel consumption fell over those 36 years. Railroads achieved this feat through technological innovations, new investments, improved operating practices and a lot of hard work. And the nation’s privately owned freight railroads are committed to even greater environmental excellence in the years ahead.