Thursday, September 17, 2009

EDITORIAL
I've kept my mouth shut because I don't know everything, maybe someday I will.
Some of you more intelligent folks can express your opinions here or better yet contact Congress and tell them what you think and what direction they should go. So here I go....

Over the past few days, the below stories have appeared. It seems trouble is on the horizon again. In a already highly regulated industry, our government believes its better to add more regulation and oversight. Think about our recent (1960's to 1970's) history.

Don't be fooled, this is bad for ALL railroads, big and small. We all work hard everyday maintaining track and equipment, running trains, moving freight, paying bills, supporting industries, our communities and hopefully keep the wheels turning. All to produce a profit, a profit the government (our silent partner, always taking) can tax. Now the government wants to tell the industry what to charge for its efforts and services. In most cases doesn't the industry already charge "market" rates?

Enough from me, its time for you to make your opinion known. Read the actual Bill documents at the bottom, decide for yourself where you should stand.

Railroad shipping: Analyst report suggests re-regulation ...Logistics Management - Newton,MA,USA This letter petitioned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to withdraw the cloture petition to S. 146, The Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act. Rockefeller and ...

House Panel Passes Bill Stripping Rail Antitrust Exemptions Wall Street Journal The bill would repeal legal provisions that make certain railroad transactions exempt from review by antitrust regulators. And importantly, the legislation ...

Rail shippers grow more tired of carrier pricing
Purchasing.com - Dave Hannon - ‎Sep 1, 2009‎
And the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 was forwarded to committee in the House July 30. But despite all that pressure, railroads are not doing ...


Bill Info

H.R.233: Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 - U.S. ...
Official government data, breaking news and blog coverage, public comments and user community for HR233 Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009.

S. 146: Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 (GovTrack.us)
A bill in the US Congress: A bill to amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are ...

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1 comment:

  1. I disagree with you on a couple of items. How can you deny that certain wheat producing states like North Dakota, Montana, and now to a lesser extent South Dakota have not been overcharged by lack of competition. As someone who worked in the shortline rail business, I can tell you the big roads do price and are continuing to price shortlines out of the market. Do some research on woodchip loadings and lumber-based shortlines anywhere in the US. Look at how big railroads limit interchange with other carriers and charge for any car interchanges. The grain business in the US has turned completely to the "big guys" since if you can't load 116 car trains, you won't get a rate. Railroads have also had a negative influence on the lumber market through LOGS programs, forcing mills to sell lumber at low or no margin because of railcar program dictates. The prevailing attitude at the Class I's is "we tell the customer what to do, they don't tell us anything". It is this arrogance that has them in this situation. Now they are paying millions to lobby congress. Money that would be better spent on infrastructure. Railroads are hurting our economy on the basis of carload versus container traffic. Railroads favor foreign commodities over our own. This is therefore detrimental to our economy and balloons our trade deficits.

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