Washington Update


On May 23, A group of 21 senators from both parties sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) asking it to ensure reliable, consistent freight rail service for industries and shippers. Sens Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) led the letter. This letter is some of the latest fallout from the May 12 hearing held by the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on freight rail issues featuring members of the STB. Members of Congress pressed STB Chair Marty Oberman on what the STB was doing to address the current problems facing freight rail service, the effects of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR) on the workforce, and whether pending STB reauthorization by Congress was impacting the overall effectiveness of the STB.

On June 14, Nate Bachman, VP Marketing and Business Development at Loram Technologies, Inc. and a member of REMSA’s Board of Directors delivered testimony at a hearing on “Examining Freight Rail Safety” held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. During the hearing Members of Congress and witnesses alike discussed ongoing safety initiatives and problems facing the railroad industry, and all reiterated the importance of rail safety. During his testimony, Bachman discussed Automated Track Inspection technology (ATI), the economic significance of the rail supply segment to the country, and also highlighted the benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).