Freight Rail Drives Centennial State Economy

Railroads and Colorado grew up together – literally – as towns, cities and businesses sprouted and thrived along the first railroads. Today, the rail system that was so instrumental in Colorado’s early development has evolved as a prime economic driver in the movement of freight to, from and through the state.

Colorado’s 10 freight railroads operate over 2,452 miles of track and employ 2,973 in the Centennial State.* It would have taken approximately 8.6 million additional truckloads to move the 154.3 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Colorado in 2014. Coal makes up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning and ending in Colorado.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Colorado
Patrick Sherry, Ph.D.
Patrick Sherry, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Center for Intermodal Transportation Research, University of Denver
Sal Pace
Sal Pace
Pueblo County Commissioner
Sean Conway
Sean Conway
Weld County Commissioner

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Lewis Bolt & Nut Company
Greenbrier Companies
Hagemeyer North America
Kiewit
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Savage Services
Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc.
Progress Rail Services
Professional Transportation, Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
HDR, Inc.
EVRAZ North America
Ames Construction
Alligare

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43 percent
decrease

in rail rates, 1981-2014.


That means the average rail customer today can ship nearly twice as much freight for about the same price it paid more than 30 years ago. 

State Director

Colorado
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

Emily Traiforos joined GoRail in March 2006 and oversees its operations in the Northeast and Colorado.