WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 21, 2020 – Association of American Railroads (AAR) President and CEO Ian Jefferies released the following statement regarding Rep. Garret Graves’ BUILDER Act that would modernize and streamline the NEPA process.

“Freight railroads have long supported modernizing the permitting process while still maintaining critical environmental protections; the BUILDER Act does just that. For the rail industry specifically, it would help expedite routine maintenance to our world-class infrastructure and advance other critical construction projects. AAR supports the measure and thanks Rep. Graves and his colleagues for their commitment to this important issue.”

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About AAR: The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is the world’s leading railroad policy, research and technology organization focusing on the safety and productivity of rail carriers. AAR members include the major freight railroads of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Amtrak.