The Surface Transportation Board (STB) oversees freight rail’s market-based, balanced economic regulatory framework.
This framework allows freight railroads to manage assets and pricing without overt government intervention. It also lets shippers address rail service concerns. Freight railroads support a continuation of existing balanced regulatory policies. The current regulatory framework protects rail customers against unreasonable railroad actions while allowing railroads to earn enough to make massive investments into their private 140,000-mile network. These investments ensure freight rail remains America’s critical connector.
Freight Rail Policy Stance: The STB must not implement wholesale changes that would compromise railroads’ ability to earn the revenue necessary to reinvest in the network and their employees to meet customer demand.