The Augusta Chronicle: State Mandates on Train Crew Sizes Are aBad Idea

This op-ed looks at legislation, introduced in Georgia, that seeks in increase the crew size on trains. Unfortunately, the regulations would not increase train safety.  Instead, it would increase shipping cosst of consumer goods, thereby pushing more freight to trucks — all of which would increase traffic accidents, infrastructure wear and tear, and emissions. To […]

Chicago Daily Herald: New Railroad Regulations Would Jeopardize $10 Billion in Annual Consumer Benefits

Slated to join the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), the primary agency tasked with overseeing the financial functions of private U.S. freight railroads that maintain an outsized presence in Chicago, is former Metra Chairman Martin Oberman.  If confirmed – likely in the lame duck session in the U.S. Congress – Oberman will need to deal […]

The Hill: Incoming railroad regulators should protect consumer benefits

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is considering rules that could drive up consumer costs and is unnecessary. If confirmed by the Senate in the next few weeks, the incoming members of the STB should recognize the lessons of history and oppose any effort to expand the use of forced access in the railroad industry. To read […]

Daily Caller: A New-Look Surface Transportation Board Should Abandon Obama-era Proposals

A powerful coalition of businesses recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging action from his administration and the U.S. Senate to fill vacant commissioner positions at an obscure yet powerful federal agency known as the Surface Transportation Board (STB). An independent agency tasked with oversight of the business dealings of freight railroads and […]

The Hill: Surface Transportation Board Nominees Should Rebuff Rent Seekers

The Senate Commerce Committee will vet Trump administration nominees for the Surface Transportation Board (STB) this Wednesday, beginning the process of filling three vacancies at the independent agency tasked with oversight of the railroads. Make no mistake: while the STB may not garner the attention of cabinet agencies such as the EPA or even other […]

Daily Caller: The Return of Transporation Regulations Means Higher Costs for Consumers

This op-ed, published in the Daily Caller and written by Alan Daley, talks about the resurgence of railroad regulations.  Before the 1970s, rail was heavily regulated and going out of business.  The deregulation that followed led to huge productivity gains and precipitous drops in prices, benefiting shippers and consumers.  It looks like regulation is creeping […]

Lower Rail Regulations Lowered Consumer Prices; So Don’t Undo These Benefits

Maryland residents have benefitted dramatically from smart, balanced freight rail regulations. This has made goods cheaper, created jobs and helped major economic hubs like the Port of Baltimore thrive. As activity increases at Maryland’s ports, it is vital for the state’s economy and consumers that the right rules are in place that will help freight […]

Smart Rail Regulations Benefit Consumers

For much of the 20th century, crippling regulations prevented the American freight rail industry from operating at anything more than substantial losses. By 1980, the entire industry was on the brink of bankruptcy, and consumers were forced to absorb higher prices. But since then, regulatory reform has paved the way for a booming rail industry, […]

ACI in Morning Consult: Smart Regulations Protect Consumers

Decades of overregulation nearly bankrupted the nation’s freight railroads during the 1970s by adding layers of costly red tape that raised prices for railroads and, ultimately, all American consumers. Significant regulatory reforms helped the industry bounce back, and consumer prices fell dramatically, as research has clearly shown. Regulators must remember this lesson as they consider […]

ConsumerGram: Reregulating Railroads is the Wrong Track for Consumers

Today, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research announces the release of its newest ConsumerGram, outlining the importance of freight rail and how reregulating the industry would be detrimental to American consumers. Prior to 1980, the financial viability of the rail industry was threatened by overly-burdensome regulations that drove-up operating costs and increased the […]