Technology is the modern-day fuel of America’s freight rail network, helping create a world-class transportation system that moves the economy forward.
Thanks to steady, substantial spending on infrastructure, equipment and technology — approximately $25 billion annually on average — America’s freight railroads move more freight more efficiently, safely and cleanly.
Today’s trains are powered by 200-ton locomotives equipped with supercomputers capable of processing a billion data points per second. Technology used throughout the nearly 140,000-mile rail network — from smart sensors to big data and drones — ensure infrastructure and equipment remains safe. Specialized computer software improves rail operations, while green innovations such as anti-idling technology keep freight rail’s carbon footprint small. Freight rail’s investments in technology strengthen the network today while positioning the industry to deliver for the 21st century.