Advocacy

A Strong Rail Transportation Network Is

the Foundation for a Strong Economy

  • Member companies generate more than 100,000 jobs
  • Supply, build and maintain freight, public transit and industrial rail networks
  • Advocate for a robust railway system

Keeping the U.S. Economy Moving

The railway construction and maintenance industry keeps the U.S. economy moving ahead by facilitating the safe, reliable and efficient transportation of goods and people by rail.
  • To encourage investment in U.S. railway infrastructure and related job growth, the NRC advocates on the federal, state and local levels on behalf of our more than 400 member contractors and suppliers.
  • The NRC informs members through ongoing updates on federal and state transportation infrastructure spending and regulatory issues and coordinates participation on pending legislation and policies.
  • The NRC also facilitates participation in Railroad Day on Capitol Hill and regional grassroots initiatives with access to legislators, policy makers and other railway decision makers to promote a strong industry.

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Legislative and Policy Priorities

Here are the NRC legislative and policy priorities for 2021:
  • Balanced Freight Rail Regulatory Framework – The NRC supports maintaining the market-based regulatory framework for freight railroads overseen by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). This balanced approach protects rail customers by providing an approach to address services concerns while allowing freight railroads to manage their assets and pricing without overt government intervention.
  • Truck Size and Weight Limits – The NRC supports maintaining existing federal truck size and weight maximums to help control damage trucks cause to our highway infrastructure.
  • Increased Investment in Infrastructure – A strong rail infrastructure is critical to the vitality of our nation’s economy. The NRC supports increasing federal budget allocations for domestic discretionary transportation infrastructure investments, which will help stimulate additional infrastructure investment by states, localities and private sector partners.
  • THUD Appropriations Accounts for Rail Infrastructure Investment - The NRC supports THUD Appropriations accounts that provide for robust rail infrastructure investment to improve rail safety, efficiency, reliability, and rail access to ports, including FRA and Intercity Passenger Rail, FTA New Starts, and the USDOT BUILD & INFRA Discretionary Grant programs
  • COVID-19 Safety and Relief – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, railroad contractors and suppliers are evolving workplace policies to keep their essential employees safe so they can continue to deliver goods and services that keep our economy moving. Increased safety precautions, including quarantines and PPE, have been a mainstay on many of our members’ worksites since March 2020. The NRC also supports the prioritization of COVID-19 vaccinations for our rail contractor and supplier members who are performing jobs as essential workers. Additionally, many transit agencies have experienced ridership drops and other disruptions in light of the pandemic. The NRC support additional relief that Congress can provide to bolster these agencies while the pandemic continues.
  • Short Line Tax Credit – The Short Line Tax credit was first enacted by Congress in 2005. The credit, also known by its tax line item reference, 45G, has allowed short lines to privately invest over $4B since its inception. The credit has been extended by overwhelmingly bi-partisan votes on five occasions and expired in 2017.

    The NRC is a long-time supporter of the short line railroad tax credit (45G) and was pleased to see the credit become permanent. The NRC supports keeping 45G permanent in order for short line railroads to re-invest in their critical infrastructure.

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What our members say…

“The NRC provides an amplified and unified message for regulatory and legislative issues that impact railroad contractors and suppliers.”

Nick Jenks

Regional Sales Manager

Steel Dynamics Sales North America, Inc.

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