From B&O to BMW, Freight Rail Generates Economic Opportunity in Maryland

The nation’s first common-carrier railroad, the B&O, had its start in downtown Baltimore and was a key to keeping the state competitive in the 19th century. Today, rail investments and innovations have helped the Port of Baltimore set records for the number of intermodal containers and autos to go through the port.

Maryland’s 11 freight railroads operate over 769 miles of track and employ 1,087 in the Old Line State.* It would have taken approximately 4.5 million additional truckloads to move the 80.3 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Maryland in 2017. Intermodal shipments and glass and stone comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Maryland. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.

*2017 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

Maryland
Donald C. Fry
Donald C. Fry
President & CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Maryland

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Railway Supply Institute
NRCMA
ITS ConGlobal
HDR
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Cranemasters, Inc.

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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

Maryland
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.