1980: Movie Star Politicians, Star Wars & the Staggers Rail Act
1980 may seem like eons ago, when CNN first launched and new wave pop played over the airwaves. But what happened that year for the freight rail industry left an indelible mark in history and is still surprisingly relevant today: Congress passed the Staggers Rail Act, which laid the foundation for our country’s modern freight rail network.
Here’s to Another 40 Years: How Policymakers Can Help Rail Meet the Challenges of Today & Tomorrow
Staggers was a fundamental moment in freight rail’s legacy, setting railroads on track to become one of the safest, most efficient and cost-effective transportation networks in the world. To keep our nation moving forward, it’s imperative that federal policymakers and regulators — now and in the future — protect the smart regulatory framework borne of this groundbreaking bipartisan legislation.
Job #1 During the Pandemic is Keeping Railroad Employees Safe & Healthy The only way that railroads can do their job for America in this time of national crisis is to first ensure the health and safety of their unwavering and dedicated employees. From following CDC procedures to social distancing, railroads continue to safeguard the nation’s essential rail workers.
Meeting the Demands of the Digital Age By spending billions of dollars in private capital on infrastructure, equipment and technology, freight railroads are helping to solve a national transportation capacity crisis while keeping the economy moving.
The Real Cost of Heavier Trucks Increasing trucks from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds would further subsidize commercial highway users at the expense of taxpayers, exacerbate deterioration of crumbling infrastructure and disadvantage a critical freight rail industry.
Freight Rail: Designed to Drive a Nation Freight railroads are part of every production stage of an automobile — from moving raw materials and auto parts to delivering a finished car or truck to dealerships across the nation. With a single train carrying hundreds of cars, freight rail transports nearly 75% of the new cars and light trucks purchased in the U.S.