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The Backbone of the Economy

The Association of American Railroads produces statistics, publications, and information for the U.S. freight railroad industry. The Data Center provides access to interactive charts that display a sample of weekly, monthly, and annual information on freight rail traffic; state-by-state railroad information; and a variety of subscription services and publications for purchase.​

  • Rail Traffic Data
  • Railroads and States

Rail Traffic Data & Resources

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) compi​les and distributes information on North American freight railroads including finances, operations, performance, input cost indexes, traffic, and more. Rail traffic is a useful gauge of the health of the economy and financial information allows stock analysts, economists, government agencies, and academics to analyze the health and efficiency of the railroads. Useful data like these are contained in a variety of AAR statistical products, which are free for AAR members and are available for purchase by non-AAR members through AAR's online cata​log. A sample of weekly, monthly, and annual rail traffic data is available for free within this Data Center​.

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Rail Reports

Freight Railroads & International Trade >
March 2017 AAR Report

  • 42% of rail carloads and intermodal units are directly associated with international trade
  • 35% of annual rail revenue is directly associated with international trade
  • 50,000 rail jobs, worth over $5.5 billion in annual wags and benefits, depend directly on international trade

 

State of the Freight Rail Industry: Economic Impact >
Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis of Class I Railroads >
June 2016 AAR & Towson University Reports

In 2014, Class I freight railroads: 

  • Created almost $274 billion in economic activity
  • Generated nearly $33 billion in total tax revenues
  • Supported nearly 1.5 million jobs across the country

 

Freight Rail Commodity Flow Analysis >
October 2016 AAR Report

In 2014, the following approximate economic output was generated from these specific commodities:

  • Steel and steel-related commodities: $23.4 billion
  • Power generation and distribution: $34.6 billion
  • Drilling-related and crude oil: $14.1 billion
  • Agriculture products: $27.4 billion
  • Building construction: $24.6


State of the Industry: Safety & Innovations >
February 2016 AAR & Towson University Report

  • Together with industry partners, railroads are finding innovative new ways to use Big Data to ensure safety
  • Freight railroads help train over 20,000 first responders annually
  • Freight railroads are exploring new iterations of ultrasound technology to look inside rails to enhance safety

​​Railroads and States

America’s freight railroads deliver for businesses and consumers across an expansive 140,000 mile network in 48 states. Railroads also provide more than 180,000 high-paying jobs and support more than a million more in industries as diverse as manufacturing, agriculture, and technology. The Association of American Railroads produces state-by-state statistics for the U.S. freight railroad industry, including specific information on the number of railroads, miles, employees, and commodity information.

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