Safety & Service
The National Gateway expands and improves freight rail service by alleviating freight bottlenecks in the Midwest that cause delays for companies and consumers shipping or receiving freight from West Coast ports. The project will reduce freight transit times by 24 to 48 hours between ports on the West Coast and major consumption centers in the East by enabling traffic to flow more efficiently through Chicago.
A double-stack rail route between Mid Atlantic ports and the Midwest markets will also free up highway capacity by creating an additional option for transporting freight. Moving freight by rail reduces congestion on our nation’s highways by reducing truck miles traveled by more than 14 billion miles, making highways safer and more efficient.
An upgraded rail system will increase U.S. railway efficiency, helping passenger and freight trains stay on schedule and enabling states to realize savings of up to $251 million in safety costs and over $660 million in pavement maintenance costs.