RAIL: D-minus

Idaho’s economy, particularly in rural areas, relies heavily on the rail freight system to facilitate movement of the state’s agricultural, mineral, lumber and wood, chemical and other natural resources and manufactured products to local, national and international markets.

A healthy rail freight system supports the competitiveness of Idaho’s freight shippers, enhancing the economic vitality of the state, particularly in rural areas.

There has been a significant increase in the formation of short-line railroads over the last two decades nationwide and in Idaho. Currently six short lines and one regional railroad, Montana Rail Link, operate 696 miles of track in Idaho.

Capacity component grade: C-minus
Condition component: B
Funding and future need component: B
Operation and maintenance component: C
Public safety component: C
Resilience component: C

Published 3-16-2012