Freight railroads are committed to collaborating with passenger carriers such as Amtrak to maintain a healthy, vibrant U.S. rail network that meets the country’s growing need to move people and goods.
Each year, freight railroads haul more than two billion tons of raw materials and finished goods and Amtrak moves tens of millions of people across an integrated, 140,000-mile rail network. In fact, 70% of the miles traveled by Amtrak trains are on tracks owned by freight railroads. Together, these railroads deliver even more for the nation; they alleviate highway congestion, employ hundreds of thousands of Americans, reduce pollution, promote local and regional economic development and improve transportation safety.
With the demand for freight expected to rise 30% by 2040, Amtrak moving record amounts of people in recent years, and continued market shifts, freight and passenger rail must work together to safely and efficiently move America forward.