Railroads & Chemicals

Producers and consumers of chemicals require a safe, efficient, and cost-effective national transportation system. America’s freight railroads provide such a system. In fact, chemicals and rail transportation go hand in hand. In 2017, U.S. Class I railroads originated 2.1 million carloads of chemicals (7.4% of total carloads — third behind coal and intermodal) carrying 175.9 million tons (10.8% of total tons originated — second only to coal) and yielding $10.3 billion in gross revenue (14.8% of total gross revenue, third behind intermodal and coal).

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