Green Mountain State looks to Freight Rail for Roadway Damage Relief
Vermont’s short line and regional railroads provide vital connections to the larger North American freight rail network, linking the Green Mountain State to markets nationwide. To maximize these connections, track and bridges must be modernized to carry heavier railcars, which the state has said will play an important role in reducing truck traffic and highway wear and tear.
Eight freight railroads operate over 613 miles of track and employ 172 in the Green Mountain State.* It would have taken approximately 400,000 additional truckloads to move the 7.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Vermont in 2014. Glass and stone make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Vermont. Petroleum and food products are the largest rail imports to the state.
New award given to chairman and ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee for demonstrated commitment to U.S. rail. Washington, D.C. — The Association of American Railroads…
[inlinetweet prefix="#trade:" tweeter="" suffix=""]“Without freight railroads, American industry and consumers could not participate in the global economy anywhere near as fully as they do today.”[/inlinetweet]…
[inlinetweet prefix="#RailSafety:" tweeter="" suffix=""] The latest safety statistics are in, and 2016 marked the lowest train accident rate on record for freight railroads.[/inlinetweet] Washington, D.C. —…
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.
Sign up to receive important rail news and policy updates from GoRail.