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 20 freight railroads operate over 2,382 miles of track and employ 1,865 in the Beaver State.* It would have taken approximately 3.5 million additional truckloads to move the 63.1 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Oregon in 2014. 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.
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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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