Monday, March 04, 2013

AAR spurns NITL's mandatory switching proposal

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A statement released Friday by the Association of American Railroads commented unfavorably on a proposal by the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) for mandatory switching, which AAR asserted "would harm all rail network users."

Said AAR President and CEO Ed Hamberger, "America's freight railroads have invested more than $525 billion dollars over the past 30 years making this country's rail network the safest, most reliable and efficient system in the world. As a result, the services provided to large and small customers are second to none."

The NITL proposal, said Hamberger, "will trigger serious service failures on today's nationwide rail system and wipe out the efficiencies U.S. businesses have come to expect and rely on if they are to survive in today's competitive global marketplace. Those failures will be caused by a substantial and unnecessary increase in the handling of loaded and empty freight rail cars, if the NITL proposal were to be enacted.

"At a time when American businesses are just beginning to turn the corner, NITL is ignoring the needs of the vast majority of U.S. shippers," Hamberger said.

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