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REPORT 2 > CHAPTER 2 > Where Trains Travel, Businesses Thrive & Communities Grow
Big Economic Opportunities in America’s Small Towns
Freight railroads are helping communities land big industrial projects.
How do railroads deliver economic prosperity across the nation and help America’s businesses and communities thrive? In small towns like Tuscola, Illinois, railroads are spearheading initiatives that are turning unused land and shuttered facilities into revitalized industrial hubs. In Long Island, New York, a five-year- old rail terminal is helping alleviate crippling gridlock and boosting the local economy. And in New Mexico, freight rail is behind one of the largest economic development projects in the state’s history and is transforming a small desert community into a 21 st century boomtown.