America has always been about building things. From erecting the world’s first skyscrapers to constructing the suburbs that opened up home ownership to millions, America continues to build today in order to create a more prosperous tomorrow.
U.S. freight railroads play a critical role in the nation’s ability to build. For residential and commercial construction, railroads transport a variety of building materials, including steel, stone, non‐metallic minerals, wood products and plastics. And at the end of the residential construction process, a newly built dwelling is filled with durable consumer goods such as household appliances — carried by rail.