Pine Tree State Prioritizes Rail Investment
Paper production remains an important part of Maine’s economy and the Pine Tree State has made a priority of improving the capacity of the rail system to link paper producers to national and international markets. Utilizing public private partnerships, Maine continues to work to expand rail service to boost local manufacturing and provide a viable alternative to over-the-road trucking.
Maine's seven freight railroads operate over 1,077 miles of track and employ 555 in the Pine Tree State.* It would have taken approximately 248,000 additional truckloads to move the 4.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Maine in 2017. Pulp and paper make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Maine. Glass and stone and petroleum are the largest rail imports to the state.
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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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