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Train vs Truck Transportation – Efficiency, Cost, Advantages & Disadvantages [Infographic]

Freightera February 12, 2019

Freight Train vs Truck – what is more efficient for shipping and what are the advantages and disadvantages of rail vs truck transportation? See our new infographic answering these questions.

Freight Train vs Truck - Cost, Efficiency, Differences

Train

  • Railways consume up to nine times less energy per tonne kilometer traveled than trucks
  • On average, Trains are 4 times more fuel efficient
  • Can carry more freight at the same time
  • Cheaper for long distance
  • Emit 75% fewer GHG emissions

Truck

  • Predictable scheduling
  • Cost-effective for short distances
  • Better for perishable foods that can be put in storage easily
  • Just in time delivery, door to door service
  • Huge opportunities to increase efficiency

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Resources:

http://www.cesarnet.ca/blog/meeting-freight-transportation-ghg-challenge
http://superiorrail.com/pages/efficiency.html
http://nssustainability.com/2014_sustainability_report/introduction/sustainable_transportation.html
https://www.treehugger.com/cars/rail-versus-trucking-whos-the-greenest-freight-carrier.html
https://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverwyman/2017/09/26/railroads-versus-trucks-the-one-willing-to-invest-in-innovation-is-likely-to-win/
https://www.freightera.com/blog/shipping-road-vs-rail/

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