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Railroads and Coal: A Unique Partnership

As the most cost–effective fuel choice, coal is responsible for powering 39 percent of America’s electricity needs (in 2013) and freight railroads are a big part of that. Railroads deliver more than 70 percent of the coal used to power American homes and businesses, and to make products like steel and pharmaceuticals. Thanks to improvements in efficiency and productivity, America’s railroads charge the lowest freight rail transportation rates (in the world), helping to keep America’s electricity prices affordable and our manufacturers competitive.