The Alaska Railroad is a state-owned corporation providing both passenger and freight rail services to communities from Fairbanks to Seward.

Additionally, through arrangements with cruise line companies, the railroad has developed a special service tailored to meet the needs of the cruise industry. By attaching first-class travel cars owned by the cruise lines to its trains, the railroad brings cruise passengers to places in Alaska that ships cannot serve.

This service has helped make the railroad unique as the only profitable passenger railroad in the nation, receiving no state operating subsidy.