RAIL FREIGHT LOGISTICS

ADVANTAGES

  • SAFETY

    According to the Association of American Railroads, more investments in rail infrastructure are increasing the safety and efficiency of rail transportation. Rail offers a higher safety level because of less human involvement and the absence of highway congestion.

  • TECHNOLOGY

    New technology innovations in rail transportation are at the peak of development. Automation, modern railway systems, big data, IoT and artificial intelligence are all new tools impacting rail transportation. For example, the automated system PTC is already used by 83.2% of the required Class I route miles nationwide.

  • GREENER TRANSPORTATION 

    The most obvious advantage of rail transport over trucking is being less harmful to the environment. The rail can handle a much higher volume of freight and longer distances compared to other transportation methods. In general, railcar shipments cause fewer carbon emissions into the environment per ton-mile.

  • FUEL SAVINGS

    Although the transit time will be longer, shipping via railcar can be cheaper than OTR. The rail can help reduce costs, especially on your long-hauls and cross-country runs.  A good part of this savings is due to less fuel being used per ton-mile of cargo being hauled.

  • FREIGHT VISIBILITY 

    Rail companies offer much more sophisticated and advanced technology for tracking than most motor carriers. Railcars are automatically tracked throughout their movements and these sightings are published by the railroads for the use of the parties involved in the shipment.

  • RAIL LOGISTICS SHIPPING RATES

    Railcar freight rates tend to be lower than truck rates. Due to the large volume of goods being moved, the price per railcar looks high, but since it replaces 3 – 4 trucks, the effective rate is low. Your rail quote will depend on the size and dimensions of the shipment, commodity, railcar type, route, and lane.