U.S. freight railroads are a critical component in the movement of America’s energy sources and ethanol is no exception. Each of the seven Class I railroads transport ethanol, with some serving several dozen plants. Railroads moved more than 306,000 carloads of ethanol in 2012, up 609 percent over 2001. While demand for this green fuel fell in 2012, demand for the greenest, most cost-effective mode of freight transportation remains strong.
Source: STB Waybill Sample, Renewable Fuels Association