UPS is one of America’s foremost shippers by rail. How formidable?
Consider that every day UPS ships more than 1 million containers and trailers by rail at a cost of $1 billion a year. That translates to 6 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.
Those trailers and containers hold packages, which is the backbone of the UPS business. In 2015, it delivered 4.7 billion packages and documents.
Some of those items moved by rail and many, if not most, reached their destination aboard a package car, such as the one show here near Oak Harbor.
The vehicle is about to cross the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern, which is critical artery used by UPS in shipping containers and trailers by rail.
Could some of the packages and documents aboard this package car have traveled the rails that they are about to cross?