One state, Florida, demonstrates the ongoing problem in its June 2014 state-of-the-art Freight Mobility and Trade plan. In 2011, rail hauled only 9 percent of the tonnage of trucks in the state. That already low share is projected to dip to 8 percent in 2040. Over this same period Florida’s population is projected to increase from 20 million in 2011 to 35 million in 2040. As valuable as trucks are, can we accommodate that much freight demand without increasing the percentage moved by rail?
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