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 2016, U.S. Class I railroads originated 2.1 million carloads of chemicals (7.5% of total carloads — third behind coal and intermodal) carrying 174.4 million tons (11.2% of total tons originated — second only to coal) and yielding $9.9 billion in gross revenue (15.1% of total gross revenue, second only to intermodal).

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