Freight Rail Drives Centennial State Economy

Railroads and Colorado grew up together – literally – as towns, cities and businesses sprouted and thrived along the first railroads. Today, the rail system that was so instrumental in Colorado’s early development has evolved as a prime economic driver in the movement of freight to, from and through the state.

Colorado's 14 freight railroads operate over 2,636 miles of track and employ 2,259 in the Centennial State.* It would have taken approximately 7.7 million additional truckloads to move the 138.9 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Colorado in 2019. Moving freight by rail prevented 2.47 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 483,000 cars off the road or planting 37.4 million trees. Coal and glass and stone comprises the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Colorado and intermodal is the largest import to the state.

*2019 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Colorado
Patrick Sherry, Ph.D.
Patrick Sherry, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Center for Intermodal Transportation Research, University of Denver
Sal Pace
Sal Pace
Pueblo County Commissioner
Sean Conway
Sean Conway
Weld County Commissioner

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Professional Transportation, Inc.
NRCMA
HDR
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Progress Rail Services
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
EVRAZ North America
Ames Construction

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44 percent
decrease

in rail rates on average from 1981 to today.


That means the average rail customer today can ship significantly more freight for about the same price they paid 40 years ago. 

State Director

Colorado
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

Emily Traiforos joined GoRail in March 2006 and oversees its operations in the Upper Midwest and Colorado.