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.

*2015 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

New Jersey
Gordon M. Johnson
Gordon M. Johnson
New Jersey State Assemblyman
Chip Hallock
Chip Hallock
President & CEO, Newark Regional Business Partnership

Featured Rail Supply Companies

New Jersey

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Vallen
The Okonite Company
Kiewit
Strato, Inc.
Savage Services
RailWorks Corporation
Professional Transportation, Inc.
HDR, Inc.
Automotive Resources International

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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

New Jersey
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

Emily Traiforos joined GoRail in March 2006 and oversees its operations in the Northeast and Colorado.