AAR Rejects Mandatory Switching Proposal

AAR Rejects Mandatory Switching Proposal

The Association of American Railroads has rejected the National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal on mandatory switching, saying that it would harm all rail network users.

“The National Industrial Transportation League’s proposal 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 marketplace,” said Edward R. Hamberger, AAR president and CEO, in a written statement.

“Those failures will be caused by a substantial and unnecessary increase in the handling of loaded and empty freight railcars, if the NITL proposal were to be enacted,” he said.