About the DOT

FUEL EFFICIENCY

  • U.S. freight railroads, on average, move one ton of freight more than 470 miles per gallon of fuel. (AAR, 2020)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions are directly related to fuel consumption. Freight railroads account for just 0.6% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA data, and just 2.1% of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. (AAR, 2020)