Freight Rail Drives Centennial State Economy
Railroads and Colorado grew up together – literally – as towns, cities and businesses sprouted and thrived along the first railroads. Today, the rail system that was so instrumental in Colorado’s early development has evolved as a prime economic driver in the movement of freight to, from and through the state.
Colorado’s 10 freight railroads operate over 2,452 miles of track and employ 2,973 in the Centennial State.* It would have taken approximately 8.6 million additional truckloads to move the 154.3 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Colorado in 2014. Coal makes up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning and ending in Colorado.
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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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