Freight Rail Keeps Wisconsin Economy on Track

If manufacturing and agriculture are the heart of the Badger State’s vibrant economy, then railways are the circulatory system that keeps the economy healthy and growing. Freight rail is the vital link supplying Wisconsin farms, forestry operations and factories with the inputs they need to thrive while connecting them to the global marketplace.

Wisconsin’s nine freight railroads operate over 3,253 miles of track and employ 2,934 in the Badger State.* It would have taken approximately 9.5 million additional truckloads to move the 170.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Wisconsin in 2017. Stone, sand, and gravel make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Wisconsin. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Wisconsin
Jesse James
Jesse James
Police Chief and State Representative
Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson
Executive Director, Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin
John Casper
John Casper
President & CEO, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Railway Supply Institute
NRCMA
HDR
Wabtec Corporation
Stella-Jones Inc.
RailWorks Corporation
Progress Rail Services
Koppers Inc.

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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

Wisconsin
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

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