Blue Grass Auto Industry Riding Rail to Success

Kentucky produced more than 1.3 million motor vehicles in 2015, with the Bluegrass State ranking first in the nation on a per capita basis in light vehicle production. Freight railroads play a key role in this success, carrying steel and other inputs to manufacturers and finished autos and auto parts out of Kentucky for distribution.

Kentucky’s 12 freight railroads operate over 2,608 miles of track and employ 4,195 in the Bluegrass State.* It would have taken approximately 14.1 million additional truckloads to move the 253.7 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Kentucky in 2014. Coal makes up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning and ending in the commonwealth.

*2015 data

Rail at Work

Kentucky

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Featured Rail Advocates

Kentucky
J.D. Chaney
J.D. Chaney
Deputy Executive Director, Kentucky League of Cities
Juva Barber
Juva Barber
Executive Director, Kentuckians for Better Transportation

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Kentucky

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The Okonite Company
Orr Safety
Hagemeyer North America
TTX Company
Stella-Jones Inc.
Savage Services
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation
Progress Rail Services
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Parsec, Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
IAT International
HDR, Inc.

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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

Kentucky
Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.