AAR takes strong stand against "forced switching"

05/31/2013 | RailwayAge.com

The Association of American Railroads has weighed in with sharp criticism of a shipping group's call for mandatory reciprocal switching. The National Industrial Transportation League proposal, which would require rail carriers to give other railroads access to their tracks, would make the rail network less efficient and have a devastating effect on the ability of railroads to reinvest in their networks, said AAR in a recent filing. "This is an attempt to favor a few Fortune 500 companies at the expense of the many American businesses that rely on freight rail," said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger.

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