The Surface Transportation Board (STB) continues to review this issue. Shippers—represented by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)—believe they should have more options in when it comes to moving their goods between rail carriers. Railroads—represented by the Association of American Railroads (AAR)—believe the costs related to additional switching of freight would reduce the money they can invest in maintaining rail infrastructure and employment.
The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure seems to be siding with the railroads. Its bipartisan letter to the STB urges that organization to consider the costs that mandatory switching would impose on the rail industry. It’s worth noting that Congress controls the STB’s budget.
Read the Railway Age article that summarizes this letter by clicking here.