If you need freight transportation for long distances, hazmat materials, or extremely heavy freight, then consider shipping by rail. Shipping by train offers substantial cost savings over traditional truck shipping. Not to mention it’s better for the environment. When you use a trucking carrier, you pay the fuel, fees, tolls, labor, and other associated costs. When you use rail services, hundreds of containers are moved at a time. That lowers the cost per load. Rail Cars offer flexible shipping rates and schedules so you can move your freight more conveniently. You can move more freight for less money because most rail cars can hold more than your average semitrailer. Semitrailers have a maximum length of 53 feet. Rail Cars can be between 65 – 86 feet long and are much taller. This makes it easier to ship larger qualities all at once.
Rail Transport Environmentally Friend Option
Trains burn less fuel per ton-mile than trucks. According to the Association of American Railroads (AAR), freight railroads can move one ton of freight an average of 479 miles on a single gallon of fuel. On top of that, using rail transport over road transport can lower greenhouse gas emissions by 75%. If you are a company looking to ship in a more environmentally friendly way, rail transportation is a great option.
Rail also has fewer costs associated with drivers and typically has better costs for drop trailer programs. There are fewer delays because of sickness, weather, or traffic. You can also carry more products and have a heavier load than in a truck. In fact, one double-stacked train can hold approximately the same amount as 280 trucks. This can be very beneficial for shippers with large loads And rail shipping provides you with access to capacity. OTR capacity is tight. The driver shortage, HOS restrictions, and current market demand can make it hard for shippers to find a truck when they need it without paying an arm and a leg. Since rail transport can be more efficient and doesn’t have the same kind of limitations, this is a great way for shippers to find capacity.
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