Letter to House T&I Committee Supporting the Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act
On behalf of the members of the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), I am writing to share our strong support of the Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act. I thank the committee for their leadership in drafting this legislation that will improve shipping conditions, allowing America’s aggregates producers to move essential building materials and industrial sand to the market. NSSGA is the leading voice and advocate for the aggregates industry. It is no secret that rail service conditions are failing for the aggregates industry. Deteriorating rail conditions have a direct impact on our ability to supply millions of tons of aggregates and industrial sand, which are used to improve outdated infrastructure, build resilient communities and drive America’s energy production. In detailed comments to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) earlier this year, NSSGA shared how service disruptions and unwarranted price increases are severely impacting our industry. If action is not taken to improve service, the constant delays and the inability to move product to market will continue to have a direct impact on supplying key infrastructure projects across the country. This will ultimately plague the implementation of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).