The Hill: Administration Eyes Re-Regulation of Rail Industry; Would Magnify Supply Chain Problems

Given the supply chain shortages and mounting inflation dragging down the economy, proposed regulations by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) could not have come at the worse time. Yet, the STB has so far not provided any quantitative analysis showing that these regulations are necessary or that they would benefit consumers. It is time for […]

Coalition Sends a Letter to the STB in Opposition to Mandated Switching Regulations

Today, forty nonprofit policy organizations submitted a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in regard to a docket that considers forcing rail operators to open their privately-owned networks to competitors at artificially set prices, commonly referred to as reciprocal switching. The evidence on record shows that these proposed regulations would be harmful to rail […]

ACI Files Comments with the STB

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) filed comments today with the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the agency with regulatory oversight over rail transportation, regarding proposed rules that would mandate rail operators to provide competitors with open access to their privately owned networks. In its filed comments to the STB, ACI explained how these regulations would negatively […]

Lincoln Journal Star: Don’t Overregulate Nebraska Railroads

The importance of transportation to Nebraska consumers and the economy, including sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, cannot be overstated. Located with access to key markets in the Midwest and beyond, Nebraska plays a key role in U.S. and international supply chains. These systems have come under increased pressure in recent months, causing Americans to […]

Town Hall: Back to the Past for America’s Freight?

As the Administration eyes increasing regulations on the rail industry, it is important for policymakers to understand that prices declined and investments increased in the aftermath of freight rail deregulation that occurred decades ago. With the benefits of regulatory reform in mind and given the significant number of goods that are moved on freight trains […]

The Hill: House Transportation Bill a Big Loser For Consumers

Congressional members on the Transportation Committee have much work to do on their proposed infrastructure bill. One first step, across all political allegiances, should be to drop unnecessary regulatory provisions in the transportation legislation that would only serve to increase consumer prices by increasing the costs of transporting goods by rail. As the economy works […]

Inside Sources: Keep Rails on Track for Consumers and Climate

After a full year of lockdowns and social distancing, Americans are understandably eager to once again get back to work and travel this summer. With hopes that economic activity is set to roar back in the wake of the ongoing vaccination drive, last week the House sub-committee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on […]

Recognizing the Importance of the Staggers Rail Act to Consumers

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) president Steve Pociask today joined hundreds of other public policy experts in a letter to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Staggers Rail Act. The letter, addressed to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and Congress states: “[The] Staggers Act established a visionary approach to regulation that sparked […]

Video: How Ending Price Regulation Benefitted Consumers

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Act, a law that ended the regulation of railroad prices. The Staggers Act demonstrated four decades ago that deregulation, when done correctly, can provide huge benefits to the nation and to consumers in particular. Specifically, price deregulation led to a 44% long term reduction in rail […]

Townhall: House Infrastructure Bill Needs to Prioritize Consumers and Businesses

This past week, Democratic representatives on the Hill unveiled the text of a colossal $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill. Dubbed the Moving Forward Act, the plan offers a mile-long shopping list for federal spending—from clean energy to the postal service. But the flurry of ambitious projects draws attention away from the fact that businesses, workers, and consumers across the […]