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The Green Choice

Montana Rail Link is Your Environmentally-Friendly Choice.

According to a December 2009 report by the Association of American Railroads:

  • A freight train moves a ton of freight an average of 457 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
  • Railroads are, on average, nearly four times more fuel efficient than trucks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75%.
  • A single freight train can take the load of 350 or more trucks — equivalent to 1,100 cars — off our overcrowded highways. Highway congestion costs the nation $87 billion each year just in wasted fuel (2.8 billion gallons) and wasted travel time (4.2 billion hours). So, moving freight by rail also reduces the pressure to build costly new roads and helps cut the cost of maintaining the roads we already have. That saves us all money.
  • Freight railroads account for just 0.7% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from all sources and just 2.6% of emissions from transportation-related sources.
  • If just 10% of long-haul freight now being moved by truck moved by rail instead, national fuel savings would exceed one billion gallons a year and annual greenhouse gas emissions would drop by more than 12 million tons. That’s equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road or planting 280 million trees.

Did You Know?

Railroads have a “common carrier” obligation to carry hazardous materials. That means that, unlike all other modes of transportation, railroads are required by the federal government to transport these materials, whether railroads want to or not. To address the risk and liability that railroads are forced to assume when they carry highly hazardous traffic, the railroad industry supports public policies that encourage chemical producers and users to substitute less hazardous products and technologies for highly hazardous materials whenever possible – definitely a good move for the environment.  (Source: Association of American Railroads February 2010)