Illinois Anchors America’s Freight Rail Network

Illinois is literally at the center of the freight rail network, with 40 freight railroads and North America’s busiest rail hub in Chicago. The commitment of the private sector, the city of Chicago and the state and federal governments to the CREATE program shows how important Illinois is to freight rail operations nationwide.

Illinois’s 46 freight railroads operate over 7,119 miles of track and employ 13,152 in the Prairie State.* It would have taken approximately 29.5 million additional truckloads to move the 531.5 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Illinois in 2014. Intermodal shipments and farm products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Illinois. Intermodal shipments and coal are the state’s largest rail imports.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Illinois
Clayton Harris III
Clayton Harris III
Executive Director, Illinois International Port District
Ben Brockschmidt
Ben Brockschmidt
Executive Director, Infrastructure Council; Vice President of Policy, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Elaine Nekritz
Elaine Nekritz
Illinois State Representative

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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GATX
Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.
Orr Safety
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation
Progress Rail Services
Parsec, Inc.
New York Air Brake
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
Holland LP
FreightCar America
EVRAZ North America
BSM Technologies
Amsted Rail

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43 percent
decrease

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. 

State Director

Illinois
Larry Lloyd

Larry Lloyd

State Director

Larry Lloyd has been with GoRail for over five years. He is a member of the Western Railway Club as well as the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers.