From B&O to BMW, Freight Rail Generates Economic Opportunity in Maryland
The nation’s first common-carrier railroad, the B&O, had its start in downtown Baltimore and was a key to keeping the state competitive in the 19th century. Today, rail investments and innovations have helped the Port of Baltimore set records for the number of intermodal containers and autos to go through the port in 2015. In fact, in 2015, the Port of Baltimore moved more autos than any other U.S. port for the fifth consecutive year.
Maryland’s 10 freight railroads operate over 937 miles of track and employ 1,535 in the Old Line State.* It would have taken approximately 5.7 million additional truckloads to move the 103.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Maryland in 2014. Intermodal shipments and waste and scrap comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Maryland. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.