Thanks to partial deregulation, railroads today are much more affordable, safer, reliable and financially secure, while rail customers continue to have regulatory protections against unreasonable railroad behavior and rates.
Unfortunately, some rail industry critics want the government to re-impose excessive regulations and price controls on railroads. That would be like a nutritionist telling a patient who’s finally fit thanks to a long period of healthy eating and exercise that it’s now OK to start eating junk food and watching TV all day.
America’s freight railroads today are the best in the world. A return to unbalanced regulation would put that global superiority at serious risk and threaten the tremendous economic, social, and environmental benefits railroads provide.