North Dakota Connects to the Nation Via Freight Rail

The bounty harvested from North Dakota farms and oil fields reaches markets nationwide and around the globe thanks to freight rail’s seamless connections. Railroads make it possible for North Dakota to help feed the nation while also enabling domestic energy independence.

North Dakota’s six freight railroads operate over 3,287 miles of track and employ 1,786 in the Peace Garden State.* It would have taken approximately 7.9 million additional truckloads to move the 142.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in North Dakota in 2017. Farm products and petroleum and gas make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in North Dakota. Coal and stone, sand and gravel are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

North Dakota
Steve Bakken
Steve Bakken
Business Development Director, Larson Engineering

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Railway Supply Institute
NRCMA
HDR
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation

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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

North Dakota
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

Emily Traiforos joined GoRail in March 2006 and oversees its operations in the Northeast and Colorado.