Freight Rail Keeps Florida On Track
From Florida’s Tropicana “Juice Train” to its powerful ports, freight rail connections are essential to moving the Sunshine state’s economy. CSX is headquartered in Jacksonville and Norfolk Southern and several short line and regional railroads make it possible for Florida industries to reach markets around the world.
Florida’s 14 freight railroads operate over 2,818 miles of track and employ 4,981 in the Sunshine State.* It would have taken approximately 4.6 million additional truckloads to move the 83.0 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Florida in 2014. Intermodal shipments and nonmetallic minerals comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Florida. Intermodal shipments and nonmetallic minerals are also 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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