Five Ways Freight Rail Moves our Cities Forward

Thursday, November 07, 2019

As Americans, we see transportation as freedom. Give us a car and the open road, a bustling transit system, or bike lanes for miles. Transportation connects us to people and opportunity—and good infrastructure can make our lives better. This notion doesn’t end at the modes that move people.

Freight trains are often the forgotten side of rail infrastructure, chugging day in, day out across our cities to deliver goods we rely on. Everything from consumer products to food to energy resources moves by rail.

As infrastructure sits top of mind for policymakers at all levels of government—and we approach reauthorization of the federal highway program in 2020—it’s useful to reflect on our strengths. Privately funded freight rail is one of these strengths, an infrastructure asset that delivers stronger economies, more jobs, less congestion and cleaner skies – all of which impacts municipalities. Here are five ways trains are driving cities forward.

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