Friday, August 31, 2012

Fact Friday: Texas Class 1 Railroads 2nd in USA


  • With more than 14,361 miles of track, Texas’ railroad system maintains more rail miles than any other state.
  • Three of the country’s eight Class I railroads operate in Texas, including Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern,and the Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway. In 2011, Texas was the entry point for 89% of all rail containers crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.
  • Chemical products accounted for almost 39% of all rail freight originating in Texas in 2011, making it the top commodity sector for rail transport.

Class I Railroads Texas’ railroad system is the second largest in the nation, with 47 freight railroad operators carrying 7.7 million rail carloads (2010).