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Delivering for America – Moving Freight Rail Forward

Freight rail is a vital link in America’s supply chain, connecting U.S. manufacturers, farmers, and energy producers with other businesses and consumers.

The rail industry is undergoing dramatic changes that impact every sector of the American economy. To keep up with these changes, we need new federal policies that are equipped to deal with today’s realities and challenges.

Now more than ever, the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) must act on reforms that will provide America with a more competitive and reliable freight rail system.

Must Read: New Book Spells Out Need for Freight Reform

The Rail Customer Coalition (RCC) released “The Little Engine That Couldn’t,” a book fit for all ages, to shed light on the pressing need for U.S. freight rail reform.

The story weaves together the growing problems with freight rail to help policymakers understand how systemic problems weaken the supply chain and harm U.S. manufacturers, farmers, energy producers, and consumers.

Smart Solutions

Small and large businesses, transportation experts, and American voters agree reform is needed.

The STB should adopt these policy reforms to help get freight rail back to work for American businesses and consumers:

  • Increase Rail-to-Rail Competition

    Remove regulatory barriers to competitive rail service by updating the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) reciprocal switching rules.

  • Fight Monopoly Pricing

    Develop an economic model to measure how much more rail shippers must pay when they lack competitive transportation options.

  • Pass the Reliable Rail Service Act

    Clarify the railroads’ common carrier obligation to provide service in line with customer needs.

Latest Tweets


  • Letters

    Letter: Rail Shippers Support Confirmation of STB Member Patrick Fuchs

  • Issue Brief

    Issue Brief: Support the Reliable Rail Service Act

  • Issue Brief

    Issue Brief: Staggers Rail Act

  • Letters

    Letter: Energy Producers, Farmers and Manufacturers Call on Congress to Act on Freight Rail Reform

  • Analysis

    Analysis: Poll Reveals Voters Support Efforts to Increase Competition Across the Economy

  • Analysis

    Analysis: Rail Rates Climb Higher as Competition Gets More Scarce

  • Issue Brief

    Issue Brief: Precision Scheduled Railroading

  • Issue Brief

    Issue Brief: Rail Service Failures

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The The Rail Customer Coalition (RCC) is a large collection of trade associations representing a broad cross-section of manufacturing, agricultural, and energy industries that depend on the railroads to deliver reliable and affordable service so they can remain competitive in a global market. Their members are essential to a healthy U.S. economy, with operations and employees throughout the country – collectively providing more than 7 million jobs and producing more than $4.8 trillion in economic output.

RCC members are major transportation stakeholders and the largest users of freight rail. They account for more than half of the total volume of cargo shipped by rail and generate more than three-quarters of the revenues collected by the railroads.

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