New Jersey and Freight Rail: Perfect Together

Freight rail plays a key role in making the Port of New York and New Jersey the East Coast’s busiest. The fact that one train can carry the load of several hundred trucks while moving a ton of cargo nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel also means freight rail helps keep the Garden State green.

New Jersey’s 18 freight railroads operate over 952 miles of track and employ 1,206 in the Garden State.* It would have taken approximately 2.8 million additional truckloads to move the 50.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in New Jersey in 2017. Intermodal and waste and scrap materials comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in New Jersey. Intermodal and chemicals are the state’s largest rail imports.

*2017 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

New Jersey
Gordon M. Johnson
Gordon M. Johnson
New Jersey State Assemblyman
Chip Hallock
Chip Hallock
President & CEO, Newark Regional Business Partnership

Featured Rail Supply Companies

New Jersey

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U.S. Intermodal Inc.
Railway Supply Institute
Phoenix Sales and Services
NRCMA
HDR
The Okonite Company
Strato, Inc.
RailWorks Corporation
Automotive Resources International

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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

New Jersey
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.