Railroads are Pulling Their Weight In the Buckeye State

Railroading in the Buckeye State dates back to the 19th century and was critical to its economic development. In the north, rail provided a connection to the Great Lakes, and in the south, Cincinnati once served as the rail hub of the nation. A lot has changed since the early days of statehood, but freight rail remains an economic driver. Today, Ohio has the fourth largest rail infrastructure, the second highest number of intermodal terminals in the nation, and is home to one of the highest concentrations of rail supply companies.

Ohio’s 40 freight railroads operate over 4,903 miles of track and employ 7,619 in the Buckeye State.* It would have taken approximately 17.7 million additional truckloads to move the 319.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Ohio in 2014. Intermodal shipments and transportation equipment comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Ohio. Intermodal shipments and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Ohio
Martin Russell
Martin Russell
Deputy County Administrator, Warren County; Director, Warren County Economic Development; Executive Director, Warren County Port Authority
Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff Zimmerman
Director, Columbus Region Logistics Council

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Ohio

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Vallen
Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc.
Orr Safety
Greenbrier Companies
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
The Timken Company
Savage Services
Rocla Concrete Tie, Inc.
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Polivka International
Parsec, Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Hulcher Services Inc.
HDR, Inc.
Amsted Rail

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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

Ohio
Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.