Founded in 2004 on the principle that “all politics is local,” we believe that direct input from constituents is the best way to communicate with elected officials. GoRail works with thousands of community leaders across the country to tell the local story of freight rail — stronger economies, more jobs and cleaner skies.

Many Americans don’t realize that freight railroads pay their own way with little help from taxpayers — to the tune of $25 billion annually, on average. These investments make American industry more competitive by maintaining and enhancing the rail network that connects companies and communities to markets all over the world.

Working with the support of U.S. freight railroads and rail supply companies, our coalition of community leaders reminds Congress how freight rail investments and rail policy decisions have real impacts back home, from local jobs and economic development to air quality and road congestion.

Download an overview of GoRail's work educating, recruiting and mobilizing communities in support of freight rail.

Rail Advocates


GoRail’s rail advocates are community leaders from every region of the country who recognize that rail policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. have real impacts back home. Meet them and learn more about the ways freight rail has benefited their communities.


Rail Advocate
Gurbax Sahota
Gurbax Sahota
President & CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development; Executive Director, California Academy for Economic Development
Sacramento, California

"Infrastructure is the keystone of economic development and freight rail delivers for California."

John Casper
John Casper
President & CEO, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

"Rail has long been the driving force of the Fox River Valley’s economy."


North America’s seven Class I railroads operate in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Accounting for 69 percent of the industry’s mileage and 90 percent of its employees, these railroads focus on long-haul, high-density intercity traffic.


Rail Supply Companies

Featured GoRail Supporters
Standard Steel, LLC
National Salvage and Service
Herzog Companies
North American Tie & Timber
The Okonite Company
Strato, Inc.
New York Air Brake
Cranemasters, Inc.
RJ Corman Railroad Group
U.S. Intermodal Inc.
MPL Innovations, Inc.
BSM Technologies
Arkansas Steel Associates
Greenbrier Companies
ArcelorMittal Steelton
ACS Solutions
Hulcher Services Inc.
Siemens Rail Automation Corporation
Automotive Resources International
RailWorks Corporation
Ames Construction
Somerville Companies
Polivka International
Special Fleet Service, Inc.
Hitachi Rail STS
Railway Supply Institute
TTX Company
Parsec, Inc.
Jay-Reese Contractors, Inc.
EVRAZ North America
Sperry Rail
Amerities Holdings LLC
MSI Lodging Systems
Wabtec Corporation
Phoenix Sales and Services
Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.
Vossloh North America
L.B. Foster Company
Ferrovia Services, LLC
Optimization Associates Inc.
ITS ConGlobal
Holland LP
Amsted Rail
FreightCar America
RCL Services Group
IAT International, Inc.
Progress Rail Services
Koppers Inc.
The Timken Company
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Structural & Rail Division
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
American Concrete Products Co.
Stella-Jones Inc.
Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc.
SEMA Construction, Inc.
Omega Industries, Inc.
Russ McGurk
Russ McGurk

Russ McGurk co-founded GoRail, then Growth Options for the 21st Century, in 2004 and helped develop the original strategic plan and core mission that have made GoRail pound-for-pound one of Washington’s most effective grassroots issue advocacy organizations.

Curtis Sloan
Curtis Sloan
Vice President

Curtis Sloan became Vice President of GoRail in 2013. He started with GoRail as a field organizer building support for freight rail and the CREATE Program in Illinois in 2004.

Michael Gaynor
Michael Gaynor
Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail. He brings two decades of political experience to his position, having served as a congressional staffer, political consultant, and public relations director to a national non-profit.

Board of Directors

Russell McGurk

Ian Jefferies
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Railroads

Scott D. Moore
Senior VP, Corporate Relations
Union Pacific Railroad

Paul Bischler
VP Finance & Chief Sourcing Officer
BNSF Railway

Arielle Giordano
Director of Federal and State Government Affairs
Canadian Pacific Railway

Evan Bell
AVP, Procurement
CSX Transportation

Kevin McIntosh
Assistant VP, State & Local Relations
Kansas City Southern Railway

Jon Zillioux
AVP, Sourcing
Norfolk Southern Corporation

David Woodruff
AVP, Head of Public and Government Affairs U.S.