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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VOICES

Where could you get away with imposing these charges in any business today and still retain your customers? The answer is … the railroad industry.

Brad Hildebrand Vice President and Global Rail & Barge Lead

Rail service issues have disrupted the business of CRA members, resulting in additional costs, threatening our members’ production, and jeopardizing their customer relationships.

John Bode President and CEO

Poor service and rising costs over the last few years are beyond unacceptable, they are unimaginable.

Mike Amick Senior Vice President for Paper the Americas

They’ve created windfall profits for railroads and unnecessary costs along the entire supply chain, which ultimately go to the consumer.

Josh Etzel Vice President

Many agricultural shippers are at a tipping point on the extent to which they can rely on cost-effective and competitive rail service.

Randy Gordon President and CEO

The regulatory structure in place now does not promote a strong and innovative rail industry.

Mike Lacey Chief Executive Officer