Why Freight Trains Keep Getting Longer – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar.

Have you noticed waits at railroad crossings have been getting longer? It’s not just you, freight trains have been getting longer, from 5,000 feet to more than 10,000 feet long. Cheddar explains what’s behind this trend and why it’s more than just an inconvenience for those of us stuck at a light.

CORRECTION: At 4:46 in the video we mention railroads are building infrastructure to accommodate these longer trains to the tune of $25 million a year. Instead, that number should be $25 billion for total railroad investment on capital expenditures and maintenance.

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