136,898 Freight Track Miles

122 MillionTruckloads Saved

167,257 Freight Rail Employees

RAILROADS BY THE NUMBERS

Each year, an integrated network of trains, trucks and barges efficiently delivers 54 tons of goods for every American. Freight railroads play a key role in delivering everything from automobiles and orange juice to energy sources and grain.

The U.S. freight rail network is an interconnected web linking communities and businesses and powering our economy from coast to coast. In fact, 614 freight railroads operate nearly 140,000 miles of track, and employ over 167,000 in well-paying jobs. Additionally, hundreds of rail supply companies employ thousands of Americans who provide all the materials and services that make the American freight rail system the envy of the world.

*2017 data

Rail 101

Private investments, public benefits

Massive private investments by U.S. freight railroads benefit communities nationwide.

Policy Issues

Affecting Freight Railroads
Decisions made in Washington, D.C., affect railroads and communities nationwide.

Rail at Work

A local look at rail across the country
GoRail's team visits communities across the country to talk about freight rail's local impact. Keep up with our work and the latest freight rail news and policy updates through our blog.