Founded in 2004 on the principle that “all politics is local,” we believe that direct input from constituents is the best way to communicate with elected officials. GoRail works with thousands of community leaders across the country to tell the local story of freight rail — stronger economies, more jobs and cleaner skies.
Many Americans don’t realize that freight railroads pay their own way with little help from taxpayers — to the tune of $25 billion annually, on average. These investments make American industry more competitive by maintaining and enhancing the rail network that connects companies and communities to markets all over the world.
Working with the support of U.S. freight railroads and rail supply companies, our coalition of community leaders reminds Congress how freight rail investments and rail policy decisions have real impacts back home, from local jobs and economic development to air quality and road congestion.
Download an overview of GoRail's work educating, recruiting and mobilizing communities in support of freight rail.
GoRail’s rail advocates are community leaders from every region of the country who recognize that rail policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. have real impacts back home. Meet them and learn more about the ways freight rail has benefited their communities.
"Infrastructure is the keystone of economic development and freight rail delivers for California."
"Rail has long been the driving force of the Fox River Valley’s economy."
North America’s seven Class I railroads operate in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Accounting for 69 percent of the industry’s mileage and 90 percent of its employees, these railroads focus on long-haul, high-density intercity traffic.
Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail. He brings two decades of political experience to his position, having served as a congressional staffer, political consultant, and public relations director to a national non-profit.
Board of Directors
Edward R. Hamberger
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Railroads
Scott D. Moore
Senior VP, Corporate Relations
Union Pacific Railroad
VP Finance & Chief Sourcing Officer
U.S. Director, State and Local Government Affairs
Canadian Pacific Railway
Assistant VP, State & Local Relations
Kansas City Southern Railway
EVP Administration & Chief Information Officer
Norfolk Southern Corporation
AVP, Head of Public and Government Affairs U.S.