Freight Rail Connected to the Nation’s Capital
Presidents as far back as Andrew Jackson have traveled and campaigned by rail. President Obama retraced the historical train trip taken by President Lincoln for his inauguration. While passenger service continues to thrive in the District of Columbia, freight tracks running through the city are vital to the East Coast rail network. DC’s Virginia Avenue Tunnel enables trains to move freight between key ports, manufacturing centers and consumer markets. The tunnel is currently being replaced with two new structures that will better serve customers and reduce rail and highway congestion in DC and the surrounding area.
D.C.’s three freight railroads operate over 20 miles of track and employ 12 in the Nation’s Capital.* It would have taken approximately 2.6 million additional truckloads to move the 46.1 million tons of freight that moved by rail in D.C. in 2014.