Railroads are Pulling Their Weight In the Buckeye State

Dating back to the 19th century, railroading in the Buckeye State was critical to economic development. In the north, rail provided a connection to the Great Lakes, and in the south, Cincinnati once served as the rail hub of the nation. A lot has changed since the early days of statehood, but freight rail remains an economic driver. Today, Ohio has the fourth largest rail infrastructure, the second highest number of intermodal terminals in the nation, and is home to one of the highest concentrations of rail supply companies.

Ohio's 41 freight railroads operate over 5,330 miles of track and employ 6,269 in the Buckeye State.* It would have taken approximately 16.7 million additional truckloads to move the 300.1 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Ohio in 2019. Moving freight by rail prevented 5.16 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 1.01 million cars off the road or planting 78.1million trees. Intermodal and nonmetallic minerals comprise the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Ohio. Intermodal shipments and coal are the largest rail imports to the state.

*2019 data

Rail at Work

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Featured Rail Advocates

Ohio
Martin Russell
Martin Russell
Deputy County Administrator, Warren County; Director, Warren County Economic Development; Executive Director, Warren County Port Authority
Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff Zimmerman
Vice President of Sales, Columbus Chamber

Featured Rail Supply Companies

Ohio

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Professional Transportation, Inc.
NRCMA
HDR
Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, Inc.
Wabtec Corporation
TTX Company
RJ Corman Railroad Group
RailWorks Corporation
Polivka International
L.B. Foster Company
Hulcher Services Inc.
Amsted Rail

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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

Ohio
Michael Gaynor

Michael Gaynor

Assistant Vice President, Field Operations

Michael Gaynor manages the field staff and operations for GoRail.