Transporting freight by railroad is a much better option than trucks when it comes to hauling heavy, dense loads over long distances. Railroads are roughly four times more fuel efficient than trucks. Meanwhile, shipping via rail limits greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the carbon footprint. In fact, moving freight by rail instead of truck lowers greenhouse gas emissions for moving that cargo by 75%.
On Cape Cod, the transportation of common household waste (known as Municipal Solid Waste, or MSW) and Construction Demolition Debris (C&D) from towns on the lower Cape currently occurs over rail. Hundreds of thousands of tons of waste filling thousands of railcars
are collected at transfer stations on the Cape and shipped by rail to landfills all along the eastern seaboard every month.
Many other cargoes travel by rail onto the Cape, as well. These include treatments for clean drinking water, flour, frozen seafood, malt beverages and feed ingredients like corn, canola meal, beet pulp and distillers mash.
In addition, our trains carry steel, lumber, wallboard scrap metal and roadway safety treatments. We also haul transformers and other dimensional heavy loads.