U.S. Freight Railroads and Trade: By the Numbers

U.S. Freight Railroads and Trade: By the Numbers
The Association of American Railroads (AAR), world leader of railroad policy and research of the U.S. freight rail industry - assessed the role that trade plays for freight railroads. The AAR report released in March, offers a compelling look at the relationship between North American railroads and international trade.

U.S. Freight Railroads and Trade: By the Numbers

The Association of American Railroads (AAR), world leader of railroad policy and research of the U.S. freight rail industry - assessed the role that trade plays for freight railroads. The AAR report released in March, offers a compelling look at the relationship between North American railroads and international trade. While we already know that freight railroads haul about one-third of U.S. exports, the new data presented in the report further demonstrates the depth of the rail’s ties to trade.

When American companies conduct trade, they directly support “a huge swath of freight rail operations.” By the numbers:

  • 42% of rail carloads and intermodal units are directly associated with international trade;
  • 35% of annual rail revenue is directly associated with international trade;
  • 50,000 rail jobs, worth over $5.5 billion in annual wages and benefits, depend directly on trade.

To access the full report, click here.

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