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  • Preserving Reasonable Regulation

    Reasonable and balanced regulation is crucial to ensuring the freight rail industry continues meeting America’s transportation needs. Just a few decades ago, over-regulation had rendered freight railroads to the brink of ruin. Reasonable and balanced regulation helped begin a rail renaissance, and we support the same reasonable regulations moving forward.

  • Maintain Current Truck Size and Weight Limits

    Norfolk Southern and our many trucking partners team together to deliver freight across the country. While we often teamwork to serve customers in the logistics chain, there are times when railroads and trucking groups disagree over desires to alter truck weight and size limits. Learn more about the issue of truck size and weight increases by clicking the above link.

  • The Safety and Security of Hazardous Material Transport

    Safety is the most important element of our corporate culture at Norfolk Southern. Through investments in safety-enhancing infrastructure, employee commitment and training, and cutting-edge research and development, Norfolk Southern is among the nation’s leaders in railroad safety and customer service. Learn more about our culture of safety and what we do to ensure the safe transport of freight across our network.

  • Norfolk Southern and the transport of coal

    At Norfolk Southern, coal is our largest commodity group as measured by revenues. Revenues from coal accounted for about 23 percent of our total railway operating revenues in 2013. More than 1.3 million carloads, or roughly 150 million tons of coal, traveled the NS system in 2013 with 79 percent of those carloads originating on our lines from major eastern coal basins like the Appalachian seam. The balance of coal carloads were from major western coal basisns received via the rail gateways offered at Chicago and Memphis.

    The NS coal team and NS coal franchise supports the electric generation market, serving nearly 100 coal generation plants, as well as the export, metallurgical and industrial marketing. Most of these are through direct rail service although other connections are made via river, lake, and coastal faciltiies such as those on the Ohio River, Lambert's Point in Norfolk, VA; the Port of Baltimore in Maryland; and Lake Erie.