WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 21, 2021 Ian Jefferies, Association of American Railroads (AAR) president and CEO, issued the following statement on the Biden administration’s decision to name Martin Oberman as Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

“AAR congratulates Marty Oberman on his appointment to lead the STB as the agency continues its mission of facilitating a fluid, reliable rail network. Chairman Oberman’s knowledge of rail operations and experience working with many diverse stakeholders will serve him well as he leads the STB’s consideration of many important issues. With numerous pending proposals before the Board, railroads urge the members to ground deliberations in sound economic principles and reject measures that would undermine the industry’s ability to invest in and for the future. Freight railroads look forward to continued engagement with the new Chairman about how the industry can continue to deliver for rail customers and the American public.”

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