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 in order to remain competitive in a global market. Their members are essential to a healthy U.S. economy with operations and employees throughout the country – collectively they provide more than 7 million jobs and produce 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.

Freight railroads are a safe and effective means of transporting bulk commodities, and ensuring an economically strong rail network is critical to the health of the U.S. economy. The Coalition is committed to modernizing the Surface Transportation Board (STB) so that it works better for both the railroads and the large and small American businesses that rely on them.

The Coalition supports practical regulatory reforms that would allow greater access to competitive freight rail service and that would make the STB operate more efficiently and effectively for all stakeholders.

Groups participating in the Coalition include:

Agricultural Retailers Association
Agriculture Transportation Coalition
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alliance for Rail Competition
American Bakers Association
American Chemistry Council
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
American Forest & Paper Association
American Malting Barley Association, Inc.
American Petroleum Institute
American Public Power Association
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Association of Global Automakers
Chemistry Council of Missouri
Chemistry Council of New Jersey
Chemical Industry Council of California
Chemical Industry Council of Delaware
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
The Chlorine Institute
Corn Refiners Association
Defoamer Industry Trade Association
Edison Electric Institute
The Fertilizer Institute
Freight Rail Customer Alliance
Foundry Association of Michigan
Georgia Chemistry Council
Glass Packaging Institute
Global Automakers
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Growth Energy
Idaho Grain Producers Association
Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association
Industrial Minerals Association — North America
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
International Warehouse Logistics Association
Louisiana Chemical Association
Manufacture Alabama Chemistry Advisory Council
Manufacturers Association of Florida

Massachusetts Chemistry Technology Alliance
Michigan Chemistry Council
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Association of Chemical Distributors
National Barley Growers Association
National Cotton Council
National Farmers Union
National Grange
National Industrial Sand Association
National Industrial Transportation League
National Mining Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
National Sorghum Producers
Nebraska Wheat Board
New York State Chemistry Council
Ohio Chemistry Technology Council
Ohio Manufactures' Association
Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council
Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association
Portland Cement Association
Private Railcar Food and Beverage Association
PVC Pipe Association
Resilient Floor Covering Institute
Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates
Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association
South Carolina Manufacturers Association
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Steel Manufacturers Association
The Sulphur Institute
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Texas Chemical Council
United States Fashion Industry Association
Vinyl Building Council
The Vinyl Institute
Vinyl Siding Institute
West Virginia Manufacturers Association
Wyoming Wheat Marketing Commission

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“We appreciate STB’s support of the revised reciprocal switching regulations proposed by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL). Our member companies across a host of industries need this type of competitive, market-based rail transportation alternative. NITL is grateful that the Board is providing a forum for stakeholder comment, and we look forward to responding on behalf of our members following further review and analysis of the STB’s decision.”

Jennifer Hedrick Executive Director of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)

“We welcome STB’s decision to move forward on competitive switching, which will help put the marketplace back in the driver’s seat and improve the flow of goods throughout our economy. Easing regulatory barriers to competitive switching will help reduce the need for government intervention and foster a healthy and efficient freight rail system. We look forward to working with the Board to ensure that its final rule will provide our industry, and other major freight rail customers, with better access to competitive and reliable service.”

Cal Dooley President & CEO of the American Chemistry Council

“The Freight Rail Customer Alliance (FRCA) is pleased that the Surface Transportation Board has issued its Decision on a request to adopt revised competitive switching rules  – a pending matter before the Board since 2011.  The alliance has long supported efforts at the STB to increase competition in the railroad industry and spread its benefits more widely, especially for rail-dependent captive shippers.  Competitive switching is one avenue to help achieve this. FRCA views this NPRM as an important step, and will be reviewing the proposal in the coming weeks.”

Ann Warner Executive Director of the Freight Rail Customer Alliance

“Transportation of goods to market in a cost-effective manner is critical to our nation’s family farmers and ranchers. The Surface Transportation Board’s recently proposed rule on competitive switching is an important step in fostering fair and competitive shipping costs for the agricultural sector. NFU appreciates this action and looks forward to continued engagement with STB for the benefit of our nation’s producers.”

Roger Johnson President of the National Farmers Union

“Any effort that seeks to increase competition in the rail industry would decrease costs for the chemical industry while providing better options to ship and receive product. NACD is pleased STB is moving forward with this long awaited proposed rulemaking, and we welcome this advancement in light of exorbitant rail costs due to the lack of competition in the rail industry.”

Eric R. Byer President of the National Association of Chemical Distributors

“Steel shippers rely upon efficient, competitive rail service.  As such, the SMA views expanded access to competitive switching as a useful method to maximize efficiency within the existing rail network.”

Philip K. Bell President of the Steel Manufacturers Association

“The timely transportation of fertilizer is of critical importance to the fertilizer industry and its farmer customers. We are very pleased that STB has moved forward with this important proposal and look forward to reviewing the details and providing comments on the matter.”

Chris Jahn President of The Fertilizer Institute

“We appreciate the STB’s efforts to try to foster competition in the freight railroad industry. ARA believes this is a step in the right direction that will hopefully lead to more efficient and dependable rail service. Access to rail transportation through cost-effective switching between carriers is of critical importance to the agricultural industry, which is a seasonal business with retail- distribution facilities located in more rural areas.”

Richard Gupton Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Counsel of the Agricultural Retailers Association

“We’re pleased to see the STB move forward with this proposal.  Nearly 70 percent of all ethanol is shipped by rail, so improving access to competitive rail service is essential for our members to get low-cost, renewable fuels to consumers at the pump.””

Emily Skor CEO of Growth Energy