The National Industrial Transportation League today provided the U.S. Surface Transportation Board with a study of NITL’s July 2011 proposed new rule to govern competitive switching between railroads.
NITL said the study shows that its proposal would add reasonable competition into the freight rail market for the benefit of shippers, without economically harming the nation’s Class I railroads.
“Captive rail shippers deserve an opportunity to seek a competing bid for their business from another Class I railroad under the conservative and carefully defined circumstances we detailed 20 months ago in our competitive switching proposal to the Surface Transportation Board,” said Bruce Carlton, NITL president and CEO, in a written statement.
“Our response to the board’s request for more information in Ex Parte 711 clearly demonstrates our proposed new approach to competitive switching would increase the opportunity for captive shippers and receivers to obtain access to a second rail carrier and would not be harmful to the Class I railroads,” he added.