Fuel efficiency

  • In 2011, railroads in the U.S. moved a ton of freight an average of 469 miles per gallon of fuel, up from 235 miles in 1980, a 99% improvement.  On average, railroads are four times more fuel efficient than trucks.

  • Because greenhouse gas emissions are directly related to fuel consumption, railroads have a lower carbon footprint. Moving freight by rail instead of truck reduces greenhouse emissions by 75 percent, on average.