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Freight Rail Industry Issues Statement on Historic Presidential Inauguration

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017 – The Association of American Railroads and the freight rail industry congratulates Donald J. Trump and his experienced administration on this historic day.

We are ready to work with the President in helping achieve some of his most ambitious goals, including an overhaul of our tax code, improving a sprawling and inefficient regulatory system and helping devise a sustainable and equitable funding source for the Highway Trust Fund as America looks to secure and strengthen its critical infrastructure.

As an inherently continental industry – a self-sufficient private network that lessens burdens on our crumbling roads and bridges – we help businesses large and small not just compete, but win globally. From construction to automotive to agriculture, freight railroads serve almost every industrial, wholesale, retail and resource-based sector of the economy.

Behind the strength of a fully unionized workforce and the still-powerful deregulatory framework enacted through bipartisan leadership, we will provide the firm footing this economy needs to revive manufacturing, vital infrastructure and consumer confidence. And we will do so through sustained, private investments – some $25 billion annually and six times more than the average U.S. manufacturer.

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For more information contact: AAR Media Relations at media@aar.org or 202-639-2345.

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. Learn more at www.aar.org.

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