Preserving the natural environment and taking steps to mitigate the effects of climate change is a responsibility railroads take seriously.
As a backbone of the U.S. economy for the last two centuries, freight railroads have evolved to provide efficient and advanced transportation solutions to American businesses and consumers. Today’s railroads continue to modernize their operations to meet tomorrow’s challenges, including improvements that increase efficiency and benefit the environment.
Freight rail is well ahead of other modes of transportation when it comes to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing its carbon footprint. U.S Environmental Protection Agency data show freight railroads account for only 0.6% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and only 2.1% of the transportation-related sources, while accounting for 40% or more of long-distance freight volume.