Private Sector Rail Investments Drive Economic Development in North Star State

Responsible for over a quarter million Minnesota jobs and $40 billion of the state’s gross domestic product, freight rail plays a huge role in Minnesota’s economic success. Railroads’ support for Minnesota agriculture, industry, forestry, mining and more adds an estimated $2,000 to the average Minnesotan’s income – or more than $5,000 per household.

Minnesota’s 18 freight railroads operate over 4,258 miles of track and employ 4,270 in the North Star State.* It would have taken approximately 13.3 million additional truckloads to move the 238.6 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Minnesota in 2017. Metallic ores and grain comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Minnesota. Metallic ores and coal are the state’s largest rail imports.

*2017 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Minnesota
Bentley Graves
Bentley Graves
Director of Health & Transportation Policy, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Matt Kramer
Matt Kramer
President & CEO, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Optimization Associates Inc.
Siemens Rail Automation Corporation
RailWorks Corporation
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
Hulcher Services Inc.
Ames Construction

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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

Minnesota
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

Emily Traiforos joined GoRail in March 2006 and oversees its operations in the Northeast and Colorado.