Copyright 2002, Traffic World Magazine
The Alliance for Rail Competition represents shippers of coal, agricultural, consumer, industrial, forest and paper products and minerals and chemicals, as well as port and industrial development authorities. Here's a summary of the organization's current legislative objectives.
-- Policy. Clarify U.S. rail transportation policy by requiring the Surface Transportation Board to give greater weight to the need for increased competition between and among rail carriers.
-- Bottlenecks. Require rail carriers to quote a rate between any two points on the system where traffic originates, terminates or may reasonably be interchanged without regard to whether the rate is for only part of the total movement.
-- Competition in terminal areas. Eliminate the requirement that evidence of anti-competitive conduct be produced when the STB determines the outcome of requests to allow another railroad access to rail customer facilities within an area served by the tracks of more than one railroad.
-- Relief for certain agricultural shippers. Provide small, captive agricultural shippers with a simple benchmark test for rate and service cases.
-- Market dominance. Codify the STB's decision to exclude evidence of product or geographic competition when determining market dominance.
-- Revenue adequacy. Abolish the requirement that the board determine on a regular basis which railroads are revenue adequate.