The amount of crude oil being transported on U.S. railways skyrocketed 83 percent over 2012 levels. According to The Association of American Railroads reported that U.S. crude oil shipments top over 430,000 for 2013. The U.S. railroads system is becoming much more efficient in crude oil transportation. Railroad facilities are being developed in key economic area where assets and infrastructure will lead to maximized efficiency. This development is providing geographic flexibility that gives the railroad customers the ability to move their product quickly to capitalize on changing markets conditions.
Railroads also have the ability to be developed and expanded faster than pipelines. This allows the rail road system the ability to adapt to increases in demand much more quickly. The railroads system has also been investing heavily in infrastructure related to crude oil production.
The increase in crude oil transportation should not be a surprise when looking at these trends. If the demand for crude oil continues to push upwards, it should also not be surprising if the railroad transpiration of crude oil also continues to increase.