Cornhusker State’s Past and Future Steeped in Freight Rail
Home to Union Pacific Railroad headquarters and steeped in rail history, Nebraska is a state with a deep appreciation for the many public benefits of freight rail. The freight rail network provides a major advantage to companies that locate in Nebraska, enabling strategic supply chain delivery via direct mid-continent routes.
Nebraska’s 9 freight railroads operate over 3,117 miles of track and employ 10,910 in the Cornhusker State.* It would have taken approximately 21.7 million additional truckloads to move the 389.9 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Nebraska in 2017. Grain and chemicals make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Nebraska. Coal is the largest rail import 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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