Keeping America on Track: Why Washington Should Reject New Railroad Regulation

Recently, two new commissioners were sworn in to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) tasked with regulating America’s railroads. While the filling of these vacancies may not have received much attention, the decisions rendered by this commission could play a major role in strengthening — or de-railing — President Trump’s successful efforts to roll back regulations. One proposal that sits before the board, widely referred to as the “Forced Switching Rule,” would undo decades of economic progress by re-regulating American railroads. In the 2019 Economic Report of the President, the administration explains how its light-touch approach to regulations has saved over