Rail service provides a much needed, heavily used mode of transportation for a number of shippers in Kentucky.
The average distance a ton of freight can be transported by rail on one gallon of fuel is 476 miles. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, by weight most of Kentucky’s freight rail industry services the coal industry, but many other commodity types are transported along the state’s extensive rail system, including automobiles and automotive parts, agriculture products, sand, recycled metals, oil, and natural gas.
More than 4,100 Kentuckians are employed in the freight rail industry. Each freight rail job supports 4.5 jobs elsewhere in the economy.
According to the Association of American Railroads, more than 59 million tons of freight rail originates in Kentucky, while another 36.7 million tons of freight is transported into the state via rail.
KentuckY Rail Map
Railroads keep Kentucky moving. Interconnectivity between Kentucky’s railroads and other modes of transportation greatly benefits the state’s transportation network. Continued investment in the rail network boosts Kentucky’s business climate and economy.
KBT urges the Kentucky General Assembly to create a multi-modal transportation fund that provides a dedicated, sufficient, reliable revenue source to the freight rail network across the Commonwealth. Railroads are a vital piece of logistical infrastructure in Kentucky that provide a safe, efficient, and the most environmentally friendly way to move freight over land. Freight movement on railroads reduces wear and tear on our roadways, relieves congestion, and limits greenhouse gas emissions. Kentucky’s economy relies on an interconnected transportation network that allows for a seamless movement of freight throughout the Commonwealth.