FreightWaves: How Forced Access Can Harm Consumers: Q&A With Steve Pociask

Rail shippers face the potential for new regulations. One specifically, would require railroads to share their privately-owned infrastructure. One skeptic of this regulation is Steve Pociask, an economist with the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, a nonprofit think tank that aims to examine how public policy impacts consumers. He co-authored an October 2021 report with Liam […]

The Hill: Rail Regulators Should Continue 40 Years of Success, Not Return to Failed Policies

History shows that ending onerous rail regulations was an indisputable success, proving that railroads could thrive, and deliver tens of billions of dollars of economic benefits to consumers. There is nothing about the current railroad industry challenges that conclusion. As the U.S. supply chain faces unprecedented challenges and consumers see marked price increases for the […]

Townhall: Government Regulations Threaten to Derail Consumers

Freight rail has been an unquestionable success of government deregulation. Since deregulation was passed over forty years ago, America’s rail freight industry has gone from the brink of collapse to one of the most efficient and productive. A recent report from the American Consumer Institute (ACI) has highlighted this fact, showing since the passage of the Staggers […]

Delaware Valley Journal: Pennsylvania Rail Regulator Has Opportunity To Help Consumers, Economy

While new powers in Washington may feel a reflexive need to regulate more – undoing parts of the Trump administration’s policies – rail regulation at the STB should not be part of this agenda. In fact, the past regulatory reforms noted here were all spearheaded as Democratic policies, and they worked. For these reasons, the […]

The Hill: Rail Deregulation 40 Years Ago: Staggering Success for Consumers Today

This month commemorates an important economic milestone for the nation — the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Act, which led to a 44 percent decrease in transportation costs and $10 billion in annual savings for consumers. If we have learned anything from this economic history, it is that the nation should never go back the dark days of excessive price […]

The Center Square: Deregulation Helps Freight Industry Thrive Without Federal Bailout

After $3 trillion in federal stimulus money went to individuals, corporations, hospitals and numerous industries, the Class 1 freight industry has maintained its transportation operations and provided critical resources nationwide without asking for, or receiving, federal taxpayer money. Other industries and lawmakers can look to how the freight industry has weathered the economic downturn and […]

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 […]