Freight Rail Opening New Opportunity in Silver State

Nevada may be land-locked, but freight rail connections are helping the Silver State attract new warehousing, distribution and manufacturing operations seeking a West Coast hub. For those gambling on the future of commerce in the west, freight rail helps make Nevada a safe bet for economic growth.

Nevada’s two freight railroads operate over 1,193 miles of track and employ 676 in the Silver State.* It would have taken approximately 2.6 million additional truckloads to move the 47.1 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Nevada in 2014. Nonmetallic minerals and intermodal shipments comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Nevada. Chemicals and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

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Larry Brown
Larry Brown
Clark County Commissioner
Tray Abney
Tray Abney
Director of Government Relations, The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Kiewit
Stella-Jones Inc.
Savage Services
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Parsec, Inc.
HDR, Inc.
Ames Construction
Alligare

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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

Nevada
Nate Kaplan

Nate Kaplan

State Director

Nate Kaplan has been an active player on the political scene from coast to coast, with a background in local, state and federal elections.