North Dakota Connects to the Nation Via Freight Rail

The bounty harvested from North Dakota farms and oil fields reaches markets nationwide and around the globe thanks to freight rail’s seamless connections. Railroads make it possible for North Dakota to help feed the nation while also enabling domestic energy independence.

North Dakota’s six freight railroads operate over 3,389 miles of track and employ 2,026 in the Peace Garden State.* It would have taken approximately 8.5 million additional truckloads to move the 152.8 million tons of freight that moved by rail in North Dakota in 2014. Crude oil and farm products make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in North Dakota. Coal and nonmetallic minerals are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

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Steve Bakken
Steve Bakken
Business Development Director, Larson Engineering

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43 percent

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.