Private Sector Rail Investments Drive Economic Development in North Star State

Responsible for over a quarter million Minnesota jobs and $40 billion of the state’s gross domestic product, freight rail plays a huge role in Minnesota’s economic success. Railroads’ support for Minnesota agriculture, industry, forestry, mining and more adds an estimated $2,000 to the average Minnesotan’s income – or more than $5,000 per household.

Minnesota’s 19 freight railroads operate over 4,292 miles of track and employ 4,566 in the North Star State.* It would have taken approximately 15.5 million additional truckloads to move the 278.1 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Minnesota in 2014. Metallic ores and intermodal shipments comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Minnesota. Coal is the state’s largest import.

*2015 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

Minnesota
Bentley Graves
Bentley Graves
Director of Health & Transportation Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Matt Kramer
Matt Kramer
President & CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Minnesota

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Optimization Associates Inc.
Vallen
Lewis Bolt & Nut Company
Kiewit
Travelliance, Inc.
Siemens Rail Automation Corporation
RailWorks Corporation
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
HDR, Inc.
Ames Construction

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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

Minnesota
Larry Lloyd

Larry Lloyd

State Director

Larry Lloyd has been with GoRail for over five years. He is a member of the Western Railway Club as well as the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers.