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Freight Rail Traffic Expected To Double By 2035
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Freight Rail Traffic Expected To Double By 2035

Rail freight traffic is on the rise. Railroads have seen more fuel efficiency and improved operations due to technology, allowing railroads to take market share from the trucking industry. Also railroads have invested heavily in their infrastructures, most of which has been privately funded. RSE Consulting expects rail traffic to double by 2035.

Rail traffic has been taking market share from trucking since 1999. One double-stacked (Intermodal Container) train can haul as much freight as 300 trucks and save about 71,000 gallons of fuel on a one trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. The longer the trip the higher the fuel advantage is for rail over trucks.

This fuel saving and the high cost of fuel have increased the demand for moving commodities by rail, particularly bulk products, such as wood pellets and wood pulp that are too expensive to ship by truck.

Railroads have invested $40 billion dollars in infrastructure in the last five years. Trucking has suffered high fuel prices and labor which have caused it to trend downward since 2005. The playing field is not equal with rail freight running on privately funded infrastructure and trucking running on a basically free infrastructure. Public investment in rail will help to balance the playing field.

As rail technology progresses with new signaling, positive train control, new braking systems with less maintenance and hybrid locomotive systems railroads will continue to increase traffic due to the efficiencies of these systems.

There is some government support for railroad infrastructure expansion, the U.S. Department of Transportation is investing more than $954 million in rail improvment projects. It makes sense, as adding one lane to a mile of highway can cost $15 million and take up to ten years to complete where a mile of rail costs $2 to $4 million and could take a year to complete.

With a change in the way railroads operate and interact with their customers, along with the improved efficiencies of all U.S. railroad systems, railroads will be coming full circle from the 19th century and bring transportation into the 21st century and the 22nd century.

The change of freight transitioning to rail will help the U.S. oil consumption, boost exports, start new economic trends and create jobs. This country could not have been developed without railroads and will continue to be dependent on the rail transportation industry as fuel costs and supplies continue to have such a large impact on our transportation system. A system that in some areas have been in place for over 100 years. A legacy that we should be able to depend on.


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Nice one James ! I enjoy reading it.

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