Pennsylvania: Keystone of American Freight Rail

From a small beginning two centuries ago with a quarry railway in Delaware County, freight rail became the engine that made Pennsylvania an industrial giant in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today’s freight railroads continue fueling economic growth, drawing new businesses and manufacturing to Pennsylvania with their seamless connections to national and global markets.

Pennsylvania’s 60 freight railroads operate over 5,130 miles of track and employ 6,152 in the Keystone State.* It would have taken approximately 10.6 million additional truckloads to move the 190.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Pennsylvania in 2017. Intermodal and coal make up the majority of freight rail shipments both beginning and ending in Pennsylvania.

*2017 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

Pennsylvania
Gene Barr
Gene Barr
President & CEO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Pennsylvania

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IAT International, Inc.
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Stella-Jones Inc.
Standard Steel, LLC
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Progress Rail Services
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
GE Transportation
ArcelorMittal Steelton
Ansaldo STS USA

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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

Pennsylvania
Melissa Jo Knepper

Melissa Jo Knepper

State Director

Melissa joined GoRail in March 2019 after serving as a legislative staffer with the Senate of Pennsylvania where she worked to garner support for a variety of legislative priorities, acting as a liaison for policy issues with members of the General Assembly and state and local agencies.