12/18/2009

The Association of American Railroads has voiced concerns about the Senate rail bill, particularly on the thorny issue of antitrust immunity. While the bill allows railroads to retain limited antitrust immunity, the House version could later retract that status. Regardless, "this bill would be the most significant rewrite of the railroad industry's regulatory system in the last three decades," said AAR President and chief executive Edward R. Hamberger. He added that the current version would subject the industry to "vastly expanded government involvement in railroad operations."

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