Federal Investment in Passenger and Freight Rail

Federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure remains critical, particularly as the industry struggles to endure the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A bipartisan infrastructure bill presents an opportunity to offer robust passenger rail funding while also incentivizing private investments across the nation’s passenger and freight rail system – a system that, unlike highways or aviation, has never had predicted, reliable federal funding.

These investments would help create thousands of American jobs while also ensuring that states and localities can make smart, sustainable, and environmentally friendly investments for the future.  Investment in rail safety, including continued research and development investment in rail technology and funding to support the Section 130 highway-rail grade crossing safety program and Operation Lifesaver, is a proven way to save lives and should be supported. RSI also believes that any funding bill ensures that all modes pay their fair share, and we oppose policies that disadvantage the rail and rail supply industry including increasing truck sizes and weights.