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Railroads and Ethanol Association of American Railroads September 27, 2007.

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1 Railroads and Ethanol Association of American Railroads September 27, 2007

2 North America’s Rail Network: Extensive, Efficient & Integrated

3 Today’s U.S. Freight Railroad Environment  Vast majority privately-owned  Generally owner and operator  Access privately negotiated, voluntary  Historically very low government funding  Freight & passenger are separate

4 Freight Rail Provides Major Public Benefits Railroad Fuel Efficiency (Ton-Miles Per Gallon)  Cost effectiveness  Fuel efficiency  Reduced congestion and highway costs  Environmental benefits  Safety

5 Class I Railroad Traffic in 2006 (Gross Freight Revenue) Source: AAR *Estimated. Some intermodal revenue is also included in individual commodities. Coal - $10.8 bil Chemicals - $6.0 bil Transportation equipment - $4.2 bil Farm products (mainly grain) - $4.2 bil Food - $3.7 bil Lumber & wood - $2.3 bil Pulp & paper - $2.1 bil Primary metal products (e.g., steel) - $2.2 bil Stone, clay & glass products (e.g., cement) - $1.7 bil Nonmetallic minerals (e.g., sand, gravel) - $1.5 bil Intermodal* - $11.5 bil Ethanol = ~$325 million

6 U.S. Ethanol Production is Rising Rapidly... e – estimate Source: Renewable Fuels Association (Millions of Gallons)

7 ...And So Is Railroad Ethanol Traffic (U.S. Rail Carloads of Ethanol) e – estimate Source: STB Waybill Sample and AAR estimates

8 e – estimate Source: Association of American Railroads, Renewable Fuels Association RR Carloads of Ethanol Ethanol Production High Correlation Between Ethanol Production and RR Carloads of Ethanol (Index 2000=100)

9 Ethanol Is a Small But Growing Portion of Total Rail Traffic Ethanol as a % of Total Rail Carloads Source: STB Waybill Sample

10 The Midwest Dominates Rail Ethanol Originations Data are for Source: STB IL 30% NE 21% IA 20% SD 8% MN 6% Others 14% Origin States of Rail Shipments of Ethanol

11 Railroads Can Handle Rising Ethanol Shipments  RRs must be involved from beginning of planning  Unit trains are far more efficient  Ethanol competes with other traffic for slots  RRs must be adequately compensated  Terminal infrastructure

12 The Association of American Railroads

13 Current Train Volumes Compared to Current Train Capacity

14 % Growth in Trains Per Day From 2005 to 2035 by Primary Rail Corridor

15 Future Corridor Volumes Compared to Current Corridor Capacity 2035 without improvements

16 Future Train Volumes Compared to Future Train Capacity 2035 with improvements


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