Public-private partnerships — arrangements under which private freight railroads and government entities both contribute resources to a project — offer a mutually beneficial way to solve critical transportation problems. When more people and freight move by rail, the public benefits tremendously through lower shipping costs, reduced highway gridlock, enhanced mobility, lower fuel consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and improved safety.
Partnerships allow governments to expand the use of rail, including passenger rail, paying only for the public benefits of a project. Meanwhile, host freight railroads pay for the benefits they receive. It’s a win-win for all involved.