The Hill’s Congress Blog: Proposed Rail Regulations Are Bad for Consumers, Workers and the Environment

Undermining railroad investment is a dangerous risk that could eventually lead to underperformance by railroads, produce financial losses, and increase market shares for the trucking industry. As trucking increases, environmental concerns increase along with congestion and added pollution. Compared to trains, trucks create three times more pollution per ton. By one estimate, taxpayers will face […]

Morning Consult: Forget the Derailed Policies of the Past and Put Rail Policy Back on Track

The Surface Transportation Board has recently proposed regulations that would control the prices and earning of railroad carriers. The regulations, however, are eerily similar to those previously repealed that devastated the rail industry nearly 50 years ago. The American Consumer Institute recently released a report on these newly proposed policies stating, in a nutshell, that the current proposed […]

Congress Must Reduce Heavy-Handed Rail Regulations to Protect Consumers

With the upcoming Surface Transportation Board hearings (on December 12th and 13th), ACI joined a coalition to call on Congress to resist attempts to increase rail regulations, which would only served to increase consumer prices and reduce industry investment. The coalition letter is available online.

Real Clear Energy: New Freight Regulations Would Derail U.S. Energy Independence

As the United States inches closer to becoming completely energy self-reliant, it is imperative that energy producers and communities across the country have the necessary flexibility to bring energy to the market. However, as our op-ed in Real Clear Energy points out, some regulators are considering the imposition of price regulations on railroads, which could […]

Morning Consult: Stealth Regulations Are Taxing Low-Emissions Transportation

Protecting the environment and consumer prices are two issues that most Americans are concerned about. So it’s not surprising that federal bureaucrats have been purposefully quiet about proposals to impose sweeping new regulations that would hamper the country’s freight railroads — the most environmentally sound way to move freight over land — and do so […]

News Messenger: Texas Lawmakers Should Fight Mandates on Train Crew Sizes

Some policymakers and regulators are arguing that mandating minimum crew sizes for railroads would promote safety. If enacted, however, such regulations would raise the operating costs of freight railroads. That result, ironically, would lead to a heavier reliance on trucks, which is five times more dangerous than rail. That’s an odd way to promote safety. […]

Coalition Letter In Support of Defunding Rail Project

A group of national organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of efforts to pull $0.93 billion in federal grants from a California high-speed rail project.  Citing waste, the lack of oversight, delays, and noncompliance with the terms of the funding, the coalition letter also called for the return of […]

Incoming Railroad Regulators Have a Chance to Save Billions in Consumer Benefits

The U.S. Senate seems poised to confirm three new members to the five-person Surface Transportation Board (STB), the agency responsible for regulating our nation’s railroads, including companies like CSX and Norfolk Southern in Pennsylvania. These nominations have been stalled for months, diminishing the STB’s ability to fulfill its mission to help ensure the free flow […]

New ACI White Paper Calls on STB to Reject Burdensome Freight Regulations

Analysis Finds Proposed “Forced Access” Regulation Would Hurt American Consumers and Stifle Rail Industry Investment WASHINGTON, D.C., October 24, 2018 – The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) released today its latest report, which calls on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) – the economic regulator for freight railroads – to reject a proposed regulation […]

Railroad Proposals Would Hurt Mississippi and Beyond

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker recently presided over a confirmation hearing for nominees to the Surface Transportation Board, the federal agency tasked with oversight of freight railroad rates and disputes. Sen. Wicker notably focused on the possible restoration of Amtrak service along the Gulf Coast, a long-stated priority of the state’s senior U.S. Senator. But another […]