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We Invest So America Moves: How Railroads Spend Their Money



Operating across a 140,000-mile outdoor network, railroads are one of America’s most capital-intensive industries. Every year, privately owned freight railroads invest billions of dollars of their own capital – not taxpayer money – to maintain bridges, lay new track, purchase equipment, and upgrade signal systems. In fact, railroads spend five times more on capital expenditures than the average U.S. manufacturer. In 2014, freight railroads plan to spend approximately $26 billion to maintain, grow and modernize the network on which America’s economy rides.