Mountaineer State a Vital Link in North American Rail Network

Although domestic coal consumption has waned, the Mountaineer State remains a “railroad state.” As intermodal shipments and traffic in other energy products pick up steam, West Virginia is looking to a more diversified freight mix to revive rail traffic and boost the economy.

West Virginia’s 10 freight railroads operate over 2,376 miles of track and employ 2,861 in the Mountain State.* It would have taken approximately 10.7 million additional truckloads to move the 192.4 million tons of freight that moved by rail in West Virginia in 2014. Coal makes up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning and ending in West Virginia.

*2015 data

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43 percent

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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West Virginia
Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.