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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]