Source: National Association of Wheat Growers

Long-time rail reform supporters in the Senate recently reintroduced two bills to reform regulation of America's railroad industry.

The two bills would reauthorize and reform the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and make the railroad industry subject to standard antitrust provisions.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced S. 158, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2011, with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) as an original cosponsor. The bill is very similar to the S. 2889 in the 111th Congress.

Among other things, the bill would require a Class I rail carrier to, upon customer request, establish reasonable bottleneck and terminal switching rates for a bottleneck rail segment in which the carrier has market dominance. 

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