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Short lines are small, often privately-owned companies that provide freight services, competitive shipping options and steady jobs to areas not being served by large rail carriers. They cover the first and last miles of the freight journey, providing services to local industries and the necessary investment to drive regional economic growth.

Benefits of Short Line Railroads

  • Provide quality and timely service

  • Drive economic development and create new jobs in local communities

  • Pay property and franchise taxes to support local schools, roads, etc.

  • Act as an agent between the companies and Class 1 railroads

  • Support civic projects, public events and charities

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