Statement by Thomas D. Simpson President, Railway Supply Institute on the Nomination of Elaine Chao as U.S. Secretary of Transportation

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Brewin, 202-347-4664,

November 30, 2016 - Washington, DC. The Railway Supply Institute, which works on behalf of suppliers to North American freight and passenger railroads, welcomes the nomination of Elaine Chao as United States Secretary of Transportation. She brings knowledge and proven experience to this key position.  

Our members, two-thirds of which are small businesses, play an important role in communities across the United States. The railway supply industry seeks increased support and promotion of domestic manufacturing and intercity passenger rail, along with sensible rail safety and economic regulation. We look forward to working with Ms. Chao and the Trump administration to develop policies that will continue to enhance and encourage investment in our nation’s freight and passenger railroads.  

About the Railway Supply Institute

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the international trade association for the rail supply industry, representing the nation’s leading companies involved in the manufacture of products and services in the freight car, tank car, locomotive, maintenance-of-way, communications and signaling, and passenger rail industries. America’s railway suppliers represent a $23 billion/year industry supporting 90,000 American workers. For more information visit