436 Miles Per Gallon

Driving to work this morning, I saw a tractor trailer crushed under a low railroad bridge across St. Paul Boulevard. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come...

According to the NYS Department of Transportation, railroads can move a ton of freight an average of 436 miles with each gallon of fuel. A single intermodal freight train (those trains with containers placed on flat cars) can take nearly three-hundred trucks off the Thruway.

In comparison to many modes of transit, rail is energy efficient. Joe Klein, CEO of Klein Steel Service in Rochester, is taking notice. And so is New York State's Department of Transportation.

Next week, Klein Steel is expecting to put its newly activated train tracks to use, bringing in a shipment of huge sheets of steel for processing. And later this year, the state is planning to finish its first New York State Rail Plan since 1986.

We will show you what Klein Steel is doing, and talk to NYS Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Karen Rae on Need to Know this week. Need to Know airs Friday night at 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on WXXI-AM.