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Every morning thousands of locomotives across America are powered up to deliver nearly everything America depends on. Each year, the nation's integrated transportation network of trains, trucks and barges efficiently deliver 54 tons of goods for every American. Learn more about what we haul.
From greeting cards and furniture to frozen
chickens and computers, just about everything
found on retailers’ shelves might have traveled
on an intermodal train. With an ocean of consumer
products and raw materials moving in and out of U.S. ports daily, manufacturers and distributors rely
on intermodal transport to get goods to the ships
on time or out for delivery across the nation
to meet demand. And, this highly efficient,
cost-effective and environmentally-friendly
way to ship goods is only growing. In 2014, North America’s railroads handled a record 17 million containers and trailers, more than ever before.
As the fastest growing segment of business,
the rail industry keeps intermodal transport
competitive with billions of dollars in investments
for new intermodal terminals, track upgrades and
other infrastructure projects ensuring that your
new shoes arrive on time and on budget.
Grain feeds America and its farm animals,
and rail gets it there. From field to factory, rail
is moving the vast quantities of barley, wheat,
corn, oats, rice, rye, sorghum and soybeans
that the food industry depends on to keep
grocery shelves stocked and barns full of
well-fed animals. In 2013 alone, rail moved
1.3 million carloads or 124.5 million tons of
grain across the country and to America’s
ports for export.
As the world’s top grain producer and exporter,
the U.S. exports an average of 132 million tons
per year with rail moving the lion’s share of
product to ports. As demand for U.S. grain has
grown, rail has responded with new high-capacity
cars and efficient “shuttle trains” which move
high volumes in an efficient and cost-effective
way. So if it’s on your table, chances are it got
there by rail.
Safe, fast and efficient, rail makes the perfect
partner for industries that keep drinking water
clean, farms bountiful, cars and homes running
efficiently, perishable foods packaged safely
and medical care effective. Whether its plastics,
soaps, drugs, fertilizers or any of the essential
chemicals on a list that grows by the day, rail is
ready. Freight railroads
help ensure that chemical producers can
continue to help enhance our health, safety and
quality of life.
Railroads’ continued private investment in the
health of the nation’s 140,000 mile freight rail
network has resulted in a strong safety record
for moving hazardous materials of all kinds,
including chemicals. Today, 99.999 percent of rail hazmat carloads reach their destination
without a release caused by a train accident
and rail hazmat accident rates are down 66 percent since 2000.
Consumers expect variety when they walk into
a car dealership; they want to see all the latest in
subcompacts, minivans, sedans and cross-overs.
Getting all these makes and models from the
manufacturing plant to the showroom in time to
meet demand is no easy feat, but it’s exactly the
kind of challenge rail is designed to meet. Each year, nearly 75% of the new cars and light trucks purchased in the United States—approximately 13 million in 2015—are moved by freight rail. As an affordable way to move goods on a massive scale, railroads are the preferred transportation provider of automotive industry. In fact, a single train can move approximately 750 automobiles—the ultimate model of scale and efficiency.