Freight Rail Means Progress in Magnolia State

Growth in Mississippi auto manufacturing, shipbuilding and the energy sector are just a few examples of economic development facilitated by freight rail in the Magnolia State. With freight volumes forecast to increase approximately 50 percent by 2040, and a scarcity of funds for highway upkeep and improvements, the benefits of robust infrastructure investments by freight railroads are clear to see.

Mississippi’s 26 freight railroads operate over 2,455 miles of track and employ 1,831 in the Magnolia State.* It would have taken approximately 6.2 million additional truckloads to move the 111.3 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Mississippi in 2017. Chemicals and primary metal products comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Mississippi. Chemicals and grain are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Mississippi
Larry Byrd
Larry Byrd
Mississippi State Representative
Robbie Brown
Robbie Brown
Director of Member Services, Mississippi Municipal League

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Stella-Jones Inc.
RJ Corman Railroad Group

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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

Mississippi
Christy Sammon

Christy Sammon

State Director

Christy Sammon joined GoRail in May 2015. She has 10 years of experience in the governmental relations field.