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Rail is the way to move freight for fuel efficiency

Written by Rosa Colucci on .

The article "Top U.S. Truck Drivers Showcased in Competition" (Aug. 21) was highly misleading in its representation of the environmental record of our nation's freight railroads.

While the fuel consumption of both trucks and locomotives is around 35 billion gallons a year, railroads consume a very small percentage of that fuel.

In 2007, Class I railroads consumed just over 4 billion gallons of fuel while transporting more than 40 percent of the nation's freight, making freight trains three or more times more fuel-efficient than trucks. By improving their fuel efficiency, freight railroads have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million tons every year since 1980.

Railroads are the most environmentally friendly way to move freight and should be viewed as a solution to some of our nation's most pressing transportation problems.

EDWARD R. HAMBERGER
President and CEO
Association of American Railroads
Washington, D.C.

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