Old Dominion Seeks to Accommodate New Growth Through Freight Rail

As a major port state that also serves as a crossroads for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, Virginia is looking to freight rail to help handle massive increases in freight tonnage expected over the next 20 years. Greater use of freight rail will provide an economic boost to communities and businesses throughout the Commonwealth while also relieving pressure on the highway system by diverting freight from truck to rail, particularly along the I-81 corridor.

Virginia’s nine freight railroads operate over 3,123 miles of track and employ 5,737 in The Old Dominion.* It would have taken approximately 8.1 million additional truckloads to move the 146 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Virginia in 2014. Intermodal shipments and coal comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Virginia. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.

*2015 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

Virginia
John F. Reinhart
John F. Reinhart
CEO & Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority
Ira Agricola
Ira Agricola
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
John S. Edwards
John S. Edwards
Virginia State Senator

Featured Rail Supply Companies

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Kiewit
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Stella-Jones Inc.
Special Fleet Service, Inc.
Savage Services
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Professional Transportation, Inc.
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
IAT International
HDR, Inc.
FreightCar America
Amsted Rail
Cranemasters, Inc.

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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

Virginia
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

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