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Rail Rates: A Transportation Bargain
From 1981-2013, Rail Rates Remained Relatively Stable While Consumer Goods Became Much Pricier


What is it with the cost of living these days? Prices for many consumer goods have doubled or even tripled. But thanks largely to today’s balanced regulatory environment, rail rates have remained relatively stable. In fact, rail rates are up just 27 percent since 1981 when the industry was partially deregulated. So while Americans are seeing the cost of things they use every day–like bread, gasoline and bananas–strain their wallets, freight rail keeps offering the best ground transportation deal around.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, AAR
Average revenue per ton-mile, data are not adjusted for inflation