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ARA Applauds the Reliable Rail Service Act Introduction

Jun 28 2023

Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President & CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement applauding the introduction of Senator Tammy Baldwin's Reliable Rail Service Act:

“ARA appreciates Senator Baldwin and Roger Marshall for leading legislative efforts to address the continuous rail service problems faced by our industry, which has caused supply chain disruptions and negatively impacted other shippers within the agricultural industry.

"Congress needs to tackle head on the significant cost increases and service disruptions that harm the businesses of our ag retailer members and their farmer customers who rely on freight rail transportation to deliver the critical crop input products to feed and fuel our nation.

"This proposal will provide some needed clarity to the common carrier obligation, improve the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) oversight authority, and help ensure railroads provide reliable service at reasonable rates for shippers, which will ultimately benefit consumers.”

Click here for Senator Baldwin's press release. A one-pager on the legislation is available here. Support for this legislation can be found here. Full text of the legislation is available here.