Today’s rail technology — from ultrasound to radars and lasers — enables railroads to inspect their track and equipment with greater frequency, efficiency and reliability. It empowers rail employees to make better decisions, giving them an inside view of the rail network’s infrastructure, well beyond what can be seen by the human eye. This has helped reduce mainline train accidents 32% since 2008.
Technologies that enhance fuel efficiency allow U.S. freight railroads to, on average, move one ton of freight 479 miles per gallon of fuel, making rail the most environmentally friendly way to transport freight over land. This means we have a smaller environmental footprint for the 1.6 billion tons we transport each year.
Each day, nearly 600 freight railroad companies use a shared fleet of 1.6 million freight cars to move goods for thousands of customers spread across North America’s vast rail network. Railroads use smart logistics — including train movement software programs — to ensure operations run safely and reliably. This helps freight rail move twice as much freight for the same price as 35 years ago.