Sunflower State the Heartland of American Freight Rail

Kansas is much more than just the geographic center of the national rail network. With a distinguished rail history focused on moving wheat to customers worldwide, as well as massive recent rail investments into busy intermodal facilities, Kansas is also the economic heart of freight rail.

Kansas’s 13 freight railroads operate over 4,768 miles of track and employ 5,427 in the Sunflower State.* It would have taken approximately 20.5 million additional truckloads to move the 368.3 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Kansas in 2014. Intermodal shipments and farm and food products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Kansas. Intermodal shipments and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Midlands Carrier Transicold
Greenbrier Companies
Kiewit
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Siemens Rail Automation Corporation
Savage Services
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Parsec, Inc.
HDR, Inc.
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

Kansas
Jeffrey F. Holliday

Jeffrey F. Holliday

State Director

Jeffrey F. Holliday joined GoRail in 2017 with over 10 years of experience in public policy, government relations, public affairs and land management, at the municipal, state, and federal levels in Texas, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C.