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 […]

Daily Caller: Remember History And Keep The Rail Regulations DOWN!

The National Transportation Industrial League (NITL) just concluded its conference in Dallas to discuss U.S. transportation policies. Among the group’s highest priorities will be their efforts to “reform” economic regulation for our nation’s privately-owned freight railroads. Supporters of the organization and the Washington regulators they petition, however, should remember past precedent and consider that the […]

Morning Consult: Proposed Rail Regulations Could Make Consumers Big Losers

Competing railroad lines have recovered from near bankruptcy in the 1970s and today they perform the heavy lifting in our transportation networks. Through an investment of $635 billion since 1980, the railroad freight system has served American consumers very well. Within 10 years of regulatory reform, rail prices fell by 44% and productivity soared. Unfortunately, […]