Whenever Americans grow, eat, mine, make or buy something, it is likely that railroads were involved somewhere along the line. Operating over a 140,000 mile network, America’s freight railroads account for 40 percent of intercity freight volume, operate in 49 states, employ more than 180,000 people and provide American businesses with a safe and cost effective way to move their products to market. Railroads are the backbone of the nation’s economy, carrying the things Americans want and businesses need every single day.
Sources: AAR’s Analysis of Class I Railroads, AAR’s Profiles of U.S. Railroads Survey,
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Surface Transportation Board Waybill Sample