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Freight Rail Helps Keep America Globally Competitive

North American Rail Rates Most Affordable in the World

U.S. freight rail rates are among the lowest in the world, saving U.S. businesses and consumers billions of dollars each year. Today, the average rail shipper can ship nearly twice as much freight for about the same price it paid nearly 30 years ago. Thanks in part to today’s balanced regulatory structure, freight railroads help U.S. producers stay competitive in the global marketplace.

Source: International railroads and rail associations, World Bank, and AAR.
Data are adjusted for purchasing power parity and based on 2009-2013 averages. Index: U.S.=100

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