Benefits of Rail
Every hour of every day, the wheels of the U.S. supply chain are in motion. Through a network of highways, railways, waterways and air, 43 million tons of goods, valued at $29 billion, move from producers to consumers every day.
Rail is a critical part of the supply chain because it is uniquely able to move a large volume of goods efficiently, with little impact to the people and communities served.
- Rail is three times more fuel efficient than trucks and rail infrastructure is easier and less costly to build making it more affordable for the public who benefits from its services.
- Because of the efficiencies inherent in rail transport and development, it is an ideal solution for economic development. Expansion in rail paves the way for jobs and economic growth.
- Efficient and effective freight rail transportation takes trucks off the road, decreasing emissions, improving safety, and making U.S. communities more liveable.
|Public Affordability||Economic Development||Livability|
|Private investment means little cost to taxpayers||Creates affordable shipping needed for economic growth||Reduces emissions|
|Improves returns on infrastructure investments||Creates new jobs and business expansion opportunities||Reduces highway congestion and gridlock|
|Reduces demand for foreign oil||Reduces supply chain costs and increases U.S. competitiveness||Improves safety|