About the DOT


  • In 2015, railroads in the U.S. moved a ton of freight an average of 479 miles per gallon of fuel, up from 235 miles in 1980, doubling their efficiency. On average, railroads are four times more fuel efficient than trucks. (AAR, 2016)
  • 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 an average of 75 percent. (AAR, 2016)