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In response to [yesterday’s] House passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), which represents the nation’s 600 small business freight railroads and hundreds of railroad suppliers, has identified both positive and concerning aspects of the surface transportation portion of the legislation for the short line industry going forward.
“As we said when the transportation portion of this bill passed out of committee, there are some pieces of this legislation that would help short lines serve our thousands of shippers in small towns and communities throughout the country, but unfortunately there are still numerous provisions that would hinder our ability to do that,” said Chuck Baker, President of ASLRRA. “However, we understand that this is just a step in a lengthy process which will include more opportunities for stakeholder input and bipartisan agreement before the bill becomes public law.”
The ASLRRA notes some beneficial aspects of the H.R. 2, including:
ASLRRA continues to note several problematic provisions, and looks forward to working with Congress to address these issues satisfactorily before the legislation becomes public law:
“We will continue to engage with Members of Congress on the surface transportation provisions of this legislation, which will impact short lines and their ability to function as a key link in our national economy,” said Chuck Baker, President, ASLRRA. “We look forward to working with members of both houses of Congress to bring a bipartisan bill to the President’s desk for signature that allows short lines to keep our commitment to providing crucial, safe, and environmentally-friendly service to the thousands of agricultural, energy, and manufacturing shippers that depend on us in small towns and rural communities.”
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