In an effort to position the freight railroad industry front and center in the national psyche, the Association of American Railroads is touting the industry's role in the economic recovery. "We need to make sure the idea of freight railroads isn't lost in the high-speed rail vision," said Ed Hamberger, AAR CEO and president. "And the [Obama] administration expects to double exports in the next five years. How will they do that without a strong freight railroad system?"

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