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railroads support reforming the tax code, making it fairer and simpler and
improving the prospects of growth by reducing the corporate income tax rate to
make it more competitive with our major trading partners. To that end, freight railroads are members of
Reforming America's Taxes Equitably (RATE), a coalition of businesses, trade associations, and others that advocate for sound and equitable reforms to the tax code that will restore the competitiveness of the United States as a place to invest, grow and boost job creation and economic growth.
America’s more than 550 short line and regional railroads provide the essential link between thousands of customer facilities and the national rail system. These railroads must maintain and upgrade their infrastructure to handle the new generation of heavier rail cars used by their customers. Otherwise, freight that would normally move by rail would be forced onto rural highways that are not designed for heavy traffic volumes, resulting in enormous road maintenance burdens on local and state governments. In 2005, Congress enacted the Section 45G tax credit to reduce the federal tax burden and help these crucial local transportation providers. The credit will expire at the end of 2016 and should be made a permanent tax policy or extended beyond 2016 in the short-run.