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 […]

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: 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 […]