IF JUST 10%
Of long-haul freight now being moved by truck moved by rail instead, national fuel savings would exceed one billion gallons a year and annual greenhouse gas emissions would drop by more than 12 million tons. That’s equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road or planting 280 million trees.
A SINGLE FREIGHT TRAIN
Can take the load of 280 or more trucks — equivalent to 1,100 cars — off our overcrowded highways. Highway congestion costs the nation $87 billion each year just in wasted fuel (2.8 billion gallons) and wasted travel time (4.2 billion hours). So, moving freight by rail also reduces the pressure to build costly new roads and helps cut the cost of maintaining the roads we already have. That saves us all money.