More on freight rail

My father the transportation expert points out something else I should have said about freight rail: the railroads don't want to take freight that's going less than 1,000 miles because it isn't cost-effective for them. If the average truck trip is 700 miles, there's a huge gap that needs to be filled before freight rail becomes a meaningful replacement for a lot of truck trips.

He also notes that one of the giant problems with rail yards is that cities like to rezone around them. This severely restricts the usage of the yards, because the neighbors complain if you operate them 24/7. This is putting even more pressure on the rail yard system.