Founded in 2004 on the principle that “all politics is local,” we believe that direct input from constituents is the best way to communicate with elected officials. GoRail works with thousands of community leaders across the country to tell the local story of freight rail — stronger economies, more jobs and cleaner skies.

Many Americans don’t realize that freight railroads pay their own way with little help from taxpayers — to the tune of $25 billion annually, on average. These investments make American industry more competitive by maintaining and enhancing the rail network that connects companies and communities to markets all over the world.

Working with the support of U.S. freight railroads and rail supply companies, our coalition of community leaders reminds Congress how freight rail investments and rail policy decisions have real impacts back home, from local jobs and economic development to air quality and road congestion.

Download an overview of GoRail's work educating, recruiting and mobilizing communities in support of freight rail.

Rail Advocates


GoRail’s rail advocates are community leaders from every region of the country who recognize that rail policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. have real impacts back home. Meet them and learn more about the ways freight rail has benefited their communities.


Rail Advocate
Gurbax Sahota
Gurbax Sahota
President & CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development; Executive Director, California Academy for Economic Development
Sacramento, California

"Infrastructure is the keystone of economic development and freight rail delivers for California."

John Casper
John Casper
President & CEO, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

"Rail has long been the driving force of the Fox River Valley’s economy."

Beth Baumann
Beth Baumann
South St. Paul, Minnesota

"Freight rail has been South St. Paul’s business link to the nation and the globe for more than 100 years."


North America’s seven Class I railroads operate in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Accounting for 69 percent of the industry’s mileage and 90 percent of its employees, these railroads focus on long-haul, high-density intercity traffic.


Rail Supply Companies

Featured GoRail Supporters
ArcelorMittal Steelton
Amsted Rail
Cranemasters, Inc.
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
BSM Technologies
American Concrete Products Co.
Ansaldo STS USA
Amerities Holdings LLC
L.B. Foster Company
ACS Solutions
The Timken Company
SEMA Construction, Inc.
Optimization Associates Inc.
Arkansas Steel Associates
Omega Industries, Inc.
RailWorks Corporation
North American Tie & Timber
GE Transportation
Siemens Rail Automation Corporation
EVRAZ North America
New York Air Brake
The Okonite Company
Somerville Companies
Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc.
Stella-Jones Inc.
Parsec, Inc.
MPL Innovations, Inc.
Ferrovia Services, LLC
Ames Construction
MSI Lodging Systems
Standard Steel, LLC
Wabtec Corporation
Polivka International
Progress Rail Services
Jay-Reese Contractors, Inc.
Orr Safety
Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.
FreightCar America
Koppers Inc.
Special Fleet Service, Inc.
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Herzog Companies
Pandrol USA
TTX Company
Vossloh North America
Automotive Resources International
National Salvage and Service
Holland LP
Hulcher Services Inc.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. Structural & Rail Division
IAT International, Inc.
RCL Services Group
Strato, Inc.
Russ McGurk
Russ McGurk

Russ McGurk co-founded GoRail, then Growth Options for the 21st Century, in 2004 and helped develop the original strategic plan and core mission that have made GoRail pound-for-pound one of Washington’s most effective grassroots issue advocacy organizations.

Curtis Sloan
Curtis Sloan
Vice President

Curtis Sloan became Vice President of GoRail in 2013. He started with GoRail as a field organizer building support for freight rail and the CREATE Program in Illinois in 2004.

Michael Gaynor
Michael Gaynor
Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail. He brings two decades of political experience to his position, having served as a congressional staffer, political consultant, and public relations director to a national non-profit.

Board of Directors

Russell McGurk

Edward R. Hamberger
President & Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Railroads

Scott D. Moore
Senior VP, Corporate Relations
Union Pacific Railroad

Paul Bischler
VP Finance & Chief Sourcing Officer
BNSF Railway

Herb Jones
U.S. Director, State and Local Government Affairs
Canadian Pacific Railway

Evan Bell
AVP, Procurement
CSX Transportation

Kevin McIntosh
Assistant VP, State & Local Relations
Kansas City Southern Railway

Cynthia Earhart
EVP Administration & Chief Information Officer
Norfolk Southern Corporation

David Woodruff
AVP, Head of Public and Government Affairs U.S.