Stat’s Incredible: Rail’s Transportation Impact

Even the American Association of Railroads (AAR) admit that many of the products that move via rail could move via truck instead. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s room on our highways for all of them. Here’s a quick statistical look at some of the lifting that our nation’s trains do – and what it would really take for trucks to temporarily pick up the slack if a rail strike occurs.

7,000 Number of long-distance daily freight trains operating daily in the United States (AAR) 3,187 Average number of tons hauled by each freight train in 2020 (Union Pacific.com) 39,000 Intermodal shipping containers/ trailers that are carried via train each day 69 Percent of U.S. coal that that’s delivered via train (AAR) 75 Percent of the country’s new cars and trucks that are transported via train (AAR) 25 Percent of U.S. grain that’s shipped via train (AAR) 2.8 million Estimated number of truck-tractors currently in operation in the United States (Federal Highway Administration) 467,000 Additional tractor-trailers that would be needed in order for trucks to carry all daily cargo that’s ordinarily carried by rail 80,000 Current shortfall of truck drivers (American Trucking Associations)
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