Cornhusker State’s Past and Future Steeped in Freight Rail

Home to Union Pacific Railroad headquarters and steeped in rail history, Nebraska is a state with a deep appreciation for the many public benefits of freight rail. The freight rail network provides a major advantage to companies that locate in Nebraska, enabling strategic supply chain delivery via direct mid-continent routes.

Nebraska’s 9 freight railroads operate over 3,228 miles of track and employ 12,010 in the Cornhusker State.* It would have taken approximately 29.3 million additional truckloads to move the 528.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Nebraska in 2014. Farm and food products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Nebraska. Coal is the largest rail import 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. 

State Director

Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.