New Jersey and Freight Rail: Perfect Together

Freight rail plays a key role in making the Port of New York and New Jersey the East Coast’s busiest. The fact that one train can carry the load of several hundred trucks while moving a ton of cargo nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel also means freight rail helps keep the Garden State green.

New Jersey's 20 freight railroads operate over 1,039 miles of track and employ 1,013 in the Garden State.* It would have taken approximately 3 million additional truckloads to move the 53.4 million tons of freight that moved by rail in New Jersey in 2019. Moving freight by rail prevented 3.19 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 625,000 cars off the road or planting 48.3 million trees. Intermodal and waste and scrap materials comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in New Jersey. Intermodal and chemicals are the state's largest rail imports.

*2019 data

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Featured Rail Advocates

New Jersey
Gordon M. Johnson
Gordon M. Johnson
New Jersey State Assemblyman
Chip Hallock
Chip Hallock
President & CEO, Newark Regional Business Partnership

Featured Rail Supply Companies

New Jersey

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Professional Transportation, Inc.
NRCMA
HDR
The Okonite Company
Strato, Inc.
RailWorks Corporation

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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

New Jersey
Emily Traiforos

Emily Traiforos

State Director

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