Freight Rail Facilitates Green Economy in the Beaver State

With about one-third of Oregon’s economy based on goods movement, it is easy to see that freight transportation choices make a big difference to the average Oregonian’s quality of life. Freight rail improves connections for Beaver State businesses, manufacturers and agriculture while also relieving roadway congestion, saving fuel and emitting fewer pollutants.

Oregon's 22 freight railroads operate over 2,308 miles of track and employ 1,781 in the Beaver State.* It would have taken approximately 3 million additional truckloads to move the 54.7 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Oregon in 2019. Moving freight by rail prevented 2.47 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 485,000 cars off the road or planting 37.5 million trees. Intermodal shipments and lumber and wood products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Oregon. Intermodal shipments and chemicals are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2019 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Oregon
Tim Atkinson
Tim Atkinson
President, Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers; Vice President of Sales, Stimson Lumber
Kevin Mannix
Kevin Mannix
President, Oregon Shipping Group; Former Oregon state Senator and Representative

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Professional Transportation, Inc.
NRCMA
HDR
Stella-Jones Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
EVRAZ North America
Amsted Rail

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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

Oregon
Nate Kaplan

Nate Kaplan

State Director

Nate Kaplan has been an active player on the political scene from coast to coast, with a background in local, state and federal elections.