Show-Me State at the Crossroads of America’s Rail Network
With large rail yards in Kansas City and St. Louis, connections to significant east-west and north-south rail lines, the headquarters of one of the nation’s largest railroads, Kansas City Southern, and significant passenger rail routes, Missouri really is at the crossroads of America’s rail network. For Missouri farms and factories, freight rail is the gateway to the world.
Missouri’s 18 freight railroads operate over 3,858 miles of track and employ 7,333 in the Show-Me State.* It would have taken approximately 25.1 million additional truckloads to move the 450.9 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Missouri in 2014. Intermodal shipments and food products comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Missouri. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.
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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.
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