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 10,539 miles of track and employ 16,826 in the Lone Star State.* It would have taken approximately 22.9 million additional truckloads to move the 411.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Texas in 2014. Intermodal shipments and chemicals make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Texas. Intermodal shipments and nonmetallic minerals are the largest rail imports to the state.
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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.
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