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 10 freight railroads operate over 3,141 miles of track and employ 4,315 in the Old Dominion.* It would have taken approximately 7.1 million additional truckloads to move the 127.7 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Virginia in 2017. Intermodal and coal comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning and ending in Virginia.

*2017 data

Rail at Work

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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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IAT International, Inc.
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
Stella-Jones Inc.
Special Fleet Service, Inc.
RJ Corman Railroad Group
Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.
L.B. Foster Company
Koppers Inc.
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
Melissa Jo Knepper

Melissa Jo Knepper

State Director

Melissa joined GoRail in March 2019 after serving as a legislative staffer with the Senate of Pennsylvania where she worked to garner support for a variety of legislative priorities, acting as a liaison for policy issues with members of the General Assembly and state and local agencies.