Constitution State Looks to Freight Rail to Boost Economy, Ease Highway Congestion
Connecticut officials are banking on freight rail investments to reduce transportation costs and roadway congestion while also helping the economy and creating jobs. Steps to modernize freight rail infrastructure will link Connecticut to the national freight rail network, boosting existing businesses and luring new companies to Connecticut.
Connecticut’s seven freight railroads operate over 438 miles of track and employ 117 in the Constitution State.* It would have taken approximately 200,000 additional truckloads to move the 3.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Connecticut in 2014. Waste and scrap make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Connecticut. Primary metal products and lumber and wood products 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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