RAILROADS BY THE NUMBERS
Each year, an integrated network of trains, trucks and barges efficiently delivers 57 tons of goods for every American. Freight railroads play a key role in deliveringÂ 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, 632 freight railroads operate nearly 140,000 miles of track, and employ over 159,000 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.
Rail 101Private investments, public benefits
Massive private investments by U.S. freight railroads benefit communities nationwide.