Look around you.

Nearly everything you own or interact with once rode the rails, from the lumber in your house to the food on your table to the car in your driveway and the tablet in your hands.

You may also be one of the millions of people who rely on passenger trains to get to work so they can afford to buy those goods.

U.S. railroads’ safe, efficient and environmentally friendly service makes it the best in the world. In fact, without an efficient rail network, U.S. industries would incur higher costs, and those costs would be passed to you as higher prices on the goods you use every day.

And its railroads — not taxpayers — that pay to maintain and modernize the nearly 140,000-mile rail network.

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