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America’s Economy Runs on Rails

The freight rail industry is vital to the American economy, keeping transportation costs low and connecting companies to other parts of the nation and the world. The industry is also a jobs force across the U.S., planning to hire 12,000 new employees this year alone. And America’s freight rail system — the safest, most affordable and most reliable freight rail system in the world — is almost exclusively funded by the private rail companies that own, build and maintain it.