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Table 5-3 Economic Characteristics of Freight Railroads: 2000 and 2012

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


  Class I Non-Class I Total
2000 2012 2000 2012 2000 2012
Number of railroads 8 7 552 568 560 575
Freight revenue (billions of current dollars) 33.1 67.6 3.2 4.0 36.3 71.6
Operating revenue (billions of current dollars) 34.1 69.9 NA NA NA NA
Employees 168,360 163,464 23,448 17,800 191,808 181,264

KEY: NA = not available.

NOTES: Class I railroads have annual carrier operating revenue of $467.1 million or more. Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

SOURCE: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: annual issues), p. 3.