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.
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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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