New Report Confirms Freight Railroads Are Deeply Connected to International Trade

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today released an assessment of trade’s impact on the freight railroad industry, finding that at least 42 percent of rail carloads and intermodal units, and more than 35 percent of annual rail revenue, are directly associated with international trade. Approximately 50,000 domestic rail jobs, accounting for more than $5.5 billion in annual wages and benefits, depend directly on international trade, the analysis of 2014 data also found. If rail traffic indirectly associated with trade was included, the figures would be notably higher.

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