The category “chemicals” consists of thousands of distinct products, including plastics, synthetic fibers, drugs and soaps.
From the chlorine that purifies our drinking water to the fertilizers that help grow our food, chemicals make modern life possible.
Freight rail plays an integral role in safely and efficiently transporting agriculture fertilizers to Midwest farmers, plastic resins to automotive manufacturers, caustic soda to pulp and paper manufacturers, and countless other chemical products to intermediaries and end users. This efficient and reliable service ensures that chemical producers and consumers maintain their competitiveness here and abroad.
Current Stats: In 2017, U.S. Class I railroads moved 2.1 million carloads of chemicals (7.4% of total carloads) carrying 175.9 million tons (10.8% of total tons) and earning gross revenue of $10.3 billion (14.8% of total revenue).