About Transtar

About Transtar

Last updated Jul 27, 2021


 Message from our General Manager



Transtar LLC. and its operating companies deliver a comprehensive spectrum of highly-reliable transportation and logistics services in an atmosphere that encourages employee involvement, innovation, and ethical behavior while continually improving our safety performance, our environmental stewardship, and our commitment to quality. Transtar LLC.'s services are designed and implemented to enhance its customers' performance, while sustaining Transtar LLC. profitability and providing a foundation for future growth. Customer quality assessment, continuous service refinement, and continuous productivity improvement drive Transtar LLC.’s performance and provide value to its stakeholders. 


It is the policy of Transtar LLC. to distinguish itself as the industry transportation leader by building value, being competitive, and providing best in class service to our customers. To achieve this, we must:

Make Safety
the first priority in the performance of tasks;

Continually Improve
processes and services through compliance to the Transtar LLC. Quality Management System;

the work force to be responsive and accountable by providing the necessary training, tools, skills, and motivation; and

Promote Effectiveness and Efficiency
through planned reviews of metrics and quality/service objectives aligned with the drivers of our business: Safety, Quality, Ethics, Diversity, Environmental Compliance, Customer Service, Productivity, and Profitability


                        Jonathan G. Carnes
                          General Manager






The Transtar LLC. companies consist of a group of rail carriers that grew up over the years to meet the transportation needs of the steel making facilities that were the predecessors of today's United States Steel Corporation. Historically, the Transtar LLC. companies were the wholly-owned transportation subsidiaries of United States Steel Corporation. In December 1988, as part of a financial restructuring, these transportation companies were acquired by the new holding company, Transtar LLC., Inc.

These transportation companies today move raw materials, such as iron ore, coal, coke and limestone; provide in-plant transportation and movement of semifinished steel as necessary to the steel making process; and move finished product to destination. The Transtar LLC. companies are some of the pre-eminent movers and transloaders of bulk commodities in the country, carrying large volumes of ore and coal from mining areas to ultimate users.

A number of the Transtar LLC. companies date back more than 100 years; for instance, a predecessor of the Gary Railway Company dates back to 1887. These companies have adapted to the changing needs of our customers over the years, and today provide efficient, cost-effective transportation that helps the customers we serve to remain cost-competitive in their markets. 

Geographically, the Transtar LLC. companies are located throughout middle America, from Pittsburgh's Monongahela Valley on the East to the greater Chicago metropolitan area on the West; to Alabama's steel making center in the South. The headquarters for the holding company, Transtar LLC., Inc., which also serves as the operating headquarters for the Union Railroad, is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.