BNSF, Canadian Pacific, CSX and Norfolk Southern "have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on state-of-the-art intermodal yards" showing their commitment to intermodal transportation, writes Clifford Lynch, a principal of C.F. Lynch & Associates. Efficiency has been a key selling point of shipping by intermodal rail, which typically "hauls the equivalent of about 280 truckloads of freight and can move one ton 480 miles on a single gallon of fuel," Lynch noted. "This, obviously, reduces both carbon emissions and highway traffic."
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