In a recent National Review op-ed, AAR CEO Ed Hamberger shows how a small government agency may add more red tape to the freight rail industry, despite the Trump administration’s deregulation efforts.

Hamberger highlights one proposal currently at the Surface Transportation Board, which would force a railroad to move freight cars over its tracks and then hand them over to competitors.

“Because switching operations among railroads require extensive work, widespread forced switching would greatly reduce network fluidity, drive up costs for many U.S. companies that ship over freight rail, and reduce revenues needed for rail-infrastructure investment. If the STB were to adopt some of the more radical elements of the proposal, railroads could even be forced to modify existing infrastructure or build new systems to facilitate switching where it is not currently possible,” Hamberger says.

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