The economics of transporting goods and materials clearly indicate that rail transportation far outperforms trucking as indicated below.
$0.37 per tonne per mile
Heavy Haul Railroad
$0.03 per tonne per mile
If using Diesel Generators $0.03 per tonne per mile
If using Grid electricity $0.01 per tonne per mile
The durability and scalability of a rail-based system clearly dictate that rail is the preferred method of transportation.