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  • AAR CEO Ian Jefferies on Yahoo Finance Live
    “Forcing railroads to open up their tracks…to a competing railroad to serve a customer, all that does is undermine the fluidity of the network.” AAR CEO Ian Jefferies said about the Biden administration’s recent executive order on competition, which includes a misguided direction to interfere with functioning freight markets.
  • NUTC Report: Through COVID & Beyond, Freight Rail is Resilient & Essential
    The Northwestern University Transportation Center finds that America’s freight railroads bolstered supply chain resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Despite the particularly volatile period, railroads met consumers’ and businesses’ unexpected surge of demands…highlighting the rail industry’s role as an essential component of the U.S. economy.”
  • Freight Rail Central to Administration’s Climate, Economic & Infrastructure Goals
    Fueled by approximately $25 billion a year in private investments, rail received a B in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2021 Infrastructure Report Card. Learn how rail’s resilient infrastructure can help carry the nation forward.

Environmental Impact

Freight Railroads & COVID-19

Investments

  • Freight Rail’s Investments Generate Huge Returns for America
    America’s freight rail industry is one of the most efficient transportation networks in the world, fueled by approximately $25 billion annually in private investments to maintain and upgrade the nation’s nearly 140,000-mile rail network.
  • Meeting the Demands of the Digital Age
    By spending billions of dollars in private capital on infrastructure, equipment and technology, freight railroads are helping to solve a national transportation capacity crisis while keeping the economy moving.
  • Jobs, Output & Taxes: Freight Rail’s Economic Impact
    Towson University finds that Class I railroads’ operations and capital investment supported over 1.1 million jobs, $219.5 billion in economic output and $71.3 billion in wages in 2017 alone.

Safety & Technology

Hazmat Safety

Policy

What We Haul

  • Delivering a Holiday Season Like No Other

    With online shopping skyrocketing, freight rail worked overtime for ecommerce customers to meet the demands unusual 2020 holiday season.

  • How Intermodal Reinvented Freight Rail
    Making a curbside pickup? Rail intermodal — the transportation of shipping containers and truck trailers by rail — helps make this possible by allowing railroads to provide their customers cost-effective, environmentally friendly service for almost anything that can be loaded into a truck or a container. See how intermodal helped launch the global economy we know today.
  • 6 Milestones of Intermodal Growth
    Explore six changes within the last century that contributed to the safe, reliable and cost-effective intermodal rail network we have today.
  • Trains & Trucks: An Intermodal Partnership
    The partnership of trucks, trains and cargo ships helps make America’s intermodal network the most efficient in the world.
  • Freight Rail: Designed to Drive a Nation
    Freight railroads are part of every production stage of an automobile — from moving raw materials and auto parts to delivering a finished car or truck to dealerships across the nation. With a single train carrying hundreds of cars, freight rail transports nearly 75% of the new cars and light trucks purchased in the U.S.