Freight Rail Keeps Wisconsin Economy on Track
If manufacturing and agriculture are the heart of the Badger State’s vibrant economy, then railways are the circulatory system that keeps the economy healthy and growing. Freight rail is the vital link supplying Wisconsin farms, forestry operations and factories with the inputs they need to thrive while connecting them to the global marketplace.
Wisconsin’s nine freight railroads operate over 3,253 miles of track and employ 2,934 in the Badger State.* It would have taken approximately 9.5 million additional truckloads to move the 170.2 million tons of freight that moved by rail in Wisconsin in 2017. Stone, sand, and gravel make up the majority of freight rail shipments beginning in Wisconsin. Coal is the largest rail import to the state.
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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.
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