Pelican State Economy Soars on Freight Rail

Louisiana’s railroads play an essential role in connecting local companies and communities to markets throughout North America. Recent soaring growth in Louisiana’s petrochemical industry would not be possible without these key freight rail connections.

Louisiana’s 19 freight railroads operate over 3,041 miles of track and employ 3,083 in the Pelican State.* It would have taken approximately 7.9 million additional truckloads to move the 143 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Louisiana in 2014. Chemicals and pulp and paper products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Louisiana. Crude oil and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2015 data

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43 percent

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. 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.