Freight Rail Links Multifaceted North Carolina Economy to Global Marketplace

Freight rail connects the Tar Heel State’s ports, power plants, farms, mines and manufacturers to markets across the nation and worldwide. Continuous investment and innovation from railroads will take center stage as North Carolina carves out its place in an ever more integrated global supply chain.

North Carolina’s 23 freight railroads operate over 2,879 miles of track and employ 2,434 in the Tar Heel State.* It would have taken approximately 4.7 million additional truckloads to move the 85 million tons of freight that moved by rail in North Carolina in 2014. Intermodal products and chemicals comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in North Carolina. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.

*2015 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

North Carolina
Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer
Executive Director, North Carolina League of Municipalities
Jonathan Barfield, Jr.
Jonathan Barfield, Jr.
New Hanover County Commissioner

Featured Rail Supply Companies

North Carolina

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Greenbrier Companies
Hagemeyer North America
National Salvage and Service
Wabtec Corporation
Vossloh North America
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Polivka International
New York Air Brake
IAT International
HDR, Inc.
Amsted Rail
Alligare
Cranemasters, Inc.

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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

North Carolina
Christy Sammon

Christy Sammon

State Director

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