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This is achieved through the use of cleaner and greener technologies and more efficient operating practices.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission: Trains, on average, are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. That means that moving freight by rail instead of trucks reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 75%. If just 5% of freight moved by truck traveled by rail instead, greenhouse gas emissions would fall by approximately nine million tons. Check out the Carbon Calculator below to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide that can be prevented from entering our environment just by using freight rail instead of trucks.
Improving Fuel Efficiency:
In 2015, railroads moved, on average, one ton of goods 468 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
Reducing Highway Gridlock: A single freight train can take the load of several hundred trucks off the nation’s overcrowded highways. Moving freight by rail also reduces the pressure to build costly new roads and helps cut the cost of maintaining existing ones.
Railroads contribute to more than just the economic health for their communities; they also help enhance the quality of life. At local freight rail facilities, railroads help preserve the environment by improving resource management and conservation efforts through recycling and waste management programs. They also develop strong relationships with their local communities and encourage employees to participate in volunteer and community outreach efforts. Railroads partner with a variety of national and local organizations, charities, and non-profits such as the American Red Cross.