U.S. Class I rail mileage 1990-2016

Class I rail mileage within the United States 1990 to 2016 (in statute miles)

by E. Mazareanu, last edited Jan 11, 2019
U.S. Class I rail mileage 1990-2016 This statistic represents the Class I rail mileage within the United States from 1990 through 2016. In 2016, the Class I network in the United States had a total length of around 93,011 statute miles.
U.S. Class I Railroads

Ever since the founding of the first U.S. railroad in 1825, freight railroads have played a crucial role in the economic growth of the United States. Throughout the country, Class I railroads make the U.S. freight rail system one of the best networks in the world. At the end of 2014, a railroad was classified as a U.S. Class I railroad if 2014 operating revenues were 475.75 million U.S. dollars or more. The Canadian leading freight railroad companies, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific - with its subsidiaries Grand Trunk Corporation and Soo Line Corporation - operate as Class I railroads in the United States.

The seven large Class I railroads, Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, Grand Trunk Corporation, Kansas City Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern Railroads and Soo Line Corporation, together with short and regional railroads are operating nearly 140,000 miles of the United States’ rail network. Union Pacific along with its main competitor, BNSF Railway, holds a duopoly over the railroad freight market. In 2016, Union Pacific Railroad transported more than 8.4 million carloads or over 440 billion revenue ton miles.
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Class I rail mileage within the United States 1990 to 2016 (in statute miles)

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