Letters to Washington
| March 23, 2023

Coalition Letter to House T&I Committee Requesting a Hearing on Freight Rail Reliability

The undersigned organizations representing the majority of bulk commodities transported by our nations Class I railroads write to you to urge the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to prioritize a full committee hearing dedicated to the challenges and opportunities related to Class I freight rail transport reliability. Reliability and safety go hand in hand – staffing shortages and railroads' failure to adequately invest the resources required to ensure adequate capacity create challenges on both fronts. We urge Congress to take a holistic look at where reforms are needed in the rail industry.  Operating the largest and most cost-efficient freight system in the world, the Class I freight rail industry is critical to the success of the U.S. economy. However, several rail carriers severely underdelivered in 2022 on their obligations and commitments to their customers who rely on an efficient nationwide rail system.