Benefits of Rail

Railroads are the most environmentally efficient way to move freight over land. But don’t take our word for it. Check out these facts:* 

  • On average, railroads are 4 times more fuel efficient than trucks.  

  • Moving freight via railroads reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75%. 

  • Freight railroads account for just 0.6% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. 

  • A single freight train can replace several hundred trucks, reducing highway damage and congestion.

  • Railroads move 1 ton of freight an average of 473 miles on a single gallon of fuel. 

*Source: Federal Railroad Administration

Benefits of Barge

Moving freight via barge is a safe, cost-effective, environmentally sound mode of transportation. Inland barges, like those loaded/unloaded at IEI Barge Services, carry approximately 15 percent of the nation’s freight. With its economy-of-scale advantages, barge efficiency is hard to beat:*  

  • An inland barge can carry 5 times its own weight. 

  • Barges move 1 ton of cargo 647 miles on one gallon of fuel.

  • More than half of U.S. grain exports, and a quarter of our petroleum products and electric power generation relies on the inland waterways transportation system. 

  • The latest barge designs are constructed with double hulls, double sides, or a double bottom to ensure structural integrity. 

*Source: U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Maritime Administration 

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