Constitution State Looks to Freight Rail to Boost Economy, Ease Highway Congestion

Connecticut officials are banking on freight rail investments to reduce transportation costs and roadway congestion while also helping the economy and creating jobs. Steps to modernize freight rail infrastructure will link Connecticut to the national freight rail network, boosting existing businesses and luring new companies to Connecticut.

Connecticut’s eight freight railroads operate over 522 miles of track and employ 117 in the Constitution State.* It would have taken approximately 211,000 additional truckloads to move the 3.8 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Connecticut in 2017. Waste and scrap make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Connecticut. Nonmetallic minerals and primary metal products are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Connecticut
Rick Dunne
Rick Dunne
Executive Director, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
Michael McLachlan
Michael McLachlan
Connecticut State Senator

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Sperry Rail
Railway Supply Institute
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43 percent
decrease

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. 

State Director

Connecticut
Melissa Jo Knepper

Melissa Jo Knepper

State Director

Melissa joined GoRail in March 2019 after serving as a legislative staffer with the Senate of Pennsylvania where she worked to garner support for a variety of legislative priorities, acting as a liaison for policy issues with members of the General Assembly and state and local agencies.