This report describes the direct economic relationship between the coal and railroad industries in Appalachia. It finds that between 2015 and 2016, changing electric generation strategies—including accelerated coal-powered plant retirements—combined with a downturn in coal demand contributed to losses of nearly 2,000 full-time jobs and $150 million in income across Appalachia’s railroad sector.
Burton, M.L., Clarke, D.B. (2018). An Economic Analysis of the Appalachian Coal Industry Ecosystem: Transportation Implications of Coal. Appalachian Regional Commission. https://www.arc.gov/wpcontent/ uploads/2018/01/CIE3-TransportationImplicationsofCoal-2.pdf