The United States has been relying on rail transportation since the first US railway opened in 1830. Since then, rail has been a dependable and ever-changing way for companies to move goods from one location to the next. Whether you have a high interest in rail, or simply want to impress your family and friends with your knowledge, enjoy the following three things you probably didn’t know about rail transportation.
1. Rail transportation is large.
Rail is a $60 billion industry that consists of 140,000 rail miles. This is made up of seven Class I railroads, 21 regional railroads, and more than 500 local railroads. In fact, the rail network is responsible for 40 percent of all freight moves. When you need to move your freight, chances are there’s rail in the area that can handle it.
2. Rail creates steady jobs.
The rail industry is a great way to help decrease unemployment. In fact, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, rail provides more than 220,000 jobs in the United States alone.
3. Rail transportation has its advantages.
There are many advantages of rail transportation, including reducing road congestion, decreasing fuel consumption, lowering logistics costs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On average, trains are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Rail can move one ton of freight more than 470 miles per gallon of fuel. In fact, the Association of American Railroads states, “It’s estimated that if just 10 percent of the freight that moves by truck moved by rail instead, fuel savings would exceed 800 million gallons per year and annual greenhouse gas emissions would fall by more than 9 million tons — equivalent to taking around 1.8 million cars off the road or planting 215 million trees.”
Ozinga has an extensive knowledge of moving aggregates and other materials via rail. When you need a reliable company to move your freight, contact an Ozinga logistics specialist.