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Rail Rates Help Keep Goods Affordable

Rail Rates Are Down 42% Since 1981

Thanks to freight rail’s efficiency and productivity improvements, the average rail shipper today can move nearly twice as much freight for what it paid 30 years ago.* With the lowest rail rates in the industrialized world, U.S. freight railroads help keep America’s farmers and manufacturers competitive in the global economy and save consumers billions of dollars each year.

Source: AAR
*Based on average revenue per ton-mile in 2013 dollars


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