New Jersey and Freight Rail: Perfect Together
Freight rail plays a key role in making the Port of New York and New Jersey the East Coast’s busiest, with nearly $200 billion in cargo moving through the port in 2016. The fact that one train can carry the load of several hundred trucks while moving a ton of cargo nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel also means freight rail helps keep the Garden State green.
New Jersey’s 17 freight railroads operate over 984 miles of track and employ 1,132 in the Garden State.* It would have taken approximately 2.6 million additional truckloads to move the 46.4 million tons of freight that moved by rail in New Jersey in 2014. Intermodal shipments and waste and scrap materials comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in New Jersey. Intermodal shipments and chemicals are the state’s largest rail imports.
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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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