Lone Star State Leads Nation in Rail Innovation

From energy production and manufacturing, to distribution centers and the Gulf Coast ports, freight rail is an important driver of Texas’s economic future. The Lone Star State is a national leader in freight rail innovation, with one of the nation’s biggest railroads, BNSF Railway, headquartered in Fort Worth, where General Electric also builds new high-tech, fuel-efficient locomotives.

Texas’s 52 freight railroads operate over 10,506 miles of track and employ 17,453 in the Lone Star State.* It would have taken approximately 22.1 million additional truckloads to move the 398.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Texas in 2017. Intermodal and chemicals make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Texas. Intermodal and nonmetallic minerals are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Texas
Andy Eads
Andy Eads
Denton County Commissioner
Bob Mitchell
Bob Mitchell
President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Texas

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SEMA Construction, Inc.
Somerville Companies
Jay-Reese Contractors, Inc.
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
TrinityRail
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RCL Services Group
RailWorks Corporation
Progress Rail Services
Polivka International
Omega Industries, Inc.
New York Air Brake
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
GE Transportation
American Concrete Products Co.

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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

Texas
Weston McKee

Weston McKee

State Director

Weston McKee spent the first 16 years of his career running more than 40 political campaigns across the country before joining GoRail.