Did you know that 40-50,000 railroad workers have been removed from the workforce in the last few years? And that certain shippers deemed “not profitable enough” have been de-marketed, i.e. forced to ship by truck rather than train? As a resident of Brunswick, where the railroad built this town, and contributed to the development of our county and state, I often think about these issues.

This is the direct result of 45 years of deregulation of the rail industry. Although mandated to provide Common Carrier obligations, the Class 1 railroads which own and operate all our major corridors have turned a blind eye to their public service obligations. Why? Because they can.

However, we now have Chairman Oberman leading the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This leadership could change everything.

Solutionary Rail is a campaign focusing on our nation’s rail system and how revitalization and electrification can bring jobs, clean energy, emissions reductions and reduced road congestion. Please join the Solutionary Rail team and read their sign-on letter in support of STB Chairman Oberman. Please send a message to your Sens. Cardin and Van Hollen and Rep. Trone, in support of Chairman Oberman and the Solutionary Rail objectives.

Let’s rebuild a rail system with higher-speed passenger service and freight and farm support for rural communities, a system that can solve 21st century crises, for the common good.

David Meeske

Brunswick

(5) comments

rogy

Let's see... you're advocating that the same bloated bureaucracy that bans private delivery of first class mail should now impose rules, regulations and restrictions on private railroads? Brilliant! Just what the supply chain doctors ordered!

anInterestedPerson

Civilized Countries invest in their Railroads. It's a Win for everyone

TrekMan

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writer

I agree about the value of rail travel. Relying on air is not sensible or viable for many reasons.

gary4books

Transportation should have several alternate ways to go. Rail with solar electricity can be very friendly tot he environment and very cost effective. We already have the tracks. Now we need to take care of them.

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