Freight Rail Keeps Florida On Track

From Florida’s Tropicana “Juice Train” to its powerful ports, freight rail connections are essential to moving the Sunshine state’s economy. CSX is headquartered in Jacksonville and Norfolk Southern and several short line and regional railroads make it possible for Florida industries to reach markets around the world.

Florida's 16 freight railroads operate over 2,716 miles of track and employ 3,577 in the Sunshine State.* It would have taken approximately 2.2 million additional truckloads to move the 39.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Florida in 2021. Moving freight by rail prevented 4.35 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 853,000 cars off the road or planting 65.9 million trees. Intermodal shipments and nonmetallic minerals comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning and ending in Florida.

*2021 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Cyndi Jantomaso
Cyndi Jantomaso
President/CEO, Haines City Economic Development Council
Chip LaMarca
Chip LaMarca
Florida State Representative

Featured Rail Supply Companies


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Parsec, Inc.
RMS Intermodal
API Global Solutions
Gregori Construction
Direct Chassis Link
SEMA Construction
Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc.
Hitachi Rail STS USA, Inc.
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Siemens Rail Automation Corporation
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation
Progress Rail Services
L.B. Foster Company
Hulcher Services Inc.


44 percent

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

Christy Sammon

Christy Sammon

State Director

Christy Sammon joined GoRail in May 2015. She has 10 years of experience in the governmental relations field.