Freight Rail Connected to the Nation's Capital
Presidents as far back as Andrew Jackson have traveled and campaigned by rail. President Obama retraced the historical train trip taken by President Lincoln for his inauguration. While passenger service continues to thrive in the District of Columbia, freight tracks running through the city are vital to the East Coast rail network. DC's Virginia Avenue Tunnel enables trains to move freight between key ports, manufacturing centers and consumer markets.
D.C.'s three freight railroads operate 22 miles of track and employ 18 in the Nation's Capital.* It would have taken approximately 2.6 million additional truckloads to move the 46.1 million tons of freight that moved by rail in D.C. in 2014.
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more fuel efficient
Moving freight by rail instead of trucks reduces greenhouse gas emissions an average of 75 percent.
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