Whether selling and building automobiles and houses, powering businesses or enabling manufacturers to reach new customers, American industries rely on freight rail to get raw goods and products to market in the U.S. and beyond.

The net impact is profound, with railroads triggering a powerful economic effect across myriad U.S. industries. Railroads make consistently high investments, and the results are impressive: High-paying industry jobs; additional industry-supported jobs; industry and consumer connection to the global market; and local community growth from sizeable funds infused into the market and government budgets. These benefits come at a savings of billions of dollars each year for taxpayers because America’s freight railroads operate overwhelmingly on infrastructure that they own, build, maintain and pay for themselves.