Competitive Rail Switching: Common-Sense Reform for the Industries that Power America

The industries that power America – including manufacturing, agriculture and energy as well as the suppliers that support them like National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) members– were staunchly and vocally in favor of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015. The freight rail industry

Big and Small: There Is a Lot at Stake for Everyone When It Comes to Repairing Our Nation’s Freight Rail Policies

When the railroads claim that exercising their monopoly-like power only impacts a “narrow” group of big businesses, don't believe it. Some of the hardest hit rail customers are small and medium sized businesses, including America’s farmers who are heavily reliant on freight rail.

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Senate Hearing Finds that New Freight Rail Reform Law is Right on Track

As the freight rail reform effort continues to pick up speed and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) moves forward with changes to its policies, Chairman Thune thought it might be a good time to check in on the progress so far. Testifying at a field hearing this week on the

Advancing STB Reform: Congress Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is 

The Senate helped lead the way again on Surface Transportation Board (STB) reform last week, but it might have been easy to miss. As was widely reported, the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee passed a $57 billion measure to fund

Senator Thune Recognized for Championing Sensible Freight Rail Reforms

  Chairman Thune has developed a reputation for providing thoughtful leadership on an array of Congressional issues.  So when the nation’s freight rail laws were in desperate need of modernization, he worked with farmers, agricultural businesses, other shippers, and freight railroads to craft sensible reforms that would make the Surface Transportation