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 nine freight railroads operate over 3,138 miles of track and employ 8,436 in the Cornhusker State.* It would have taken approximately 1.9 million additional truckloads to move the 34.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Nebraska in 2021. Farm products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Nebraska. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.

*2021 data

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The Greenbrier Companies
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Hulcher Services Inc.
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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

Brett Sebastian

Brett Sebastian

State Director

Brett Sebastian joined GoRail in August 2019 and oversees its operations in the South-Central United States and Arizona.