BVM June 2016 - page 92

92 Business View Magazine - June 2016
Association of American
Freight railroads in year ahead: a stepped-up focus on safety and innovation
America’s freight railroads connect businesses large
and small to towns and cities across the United States
and to the global marketplace.
As providers of the world’s safest and most affordable
freight service, railroads enhance the nation’s compet-
itiveness in the global economy and provide a wealth
of benefits here in the U.S. Thanks to record levels of
private investment – more than $600 billion since
1980 – railroads facilitate ongoing economic growth
by transporting lumber for homebuilders, auto parts
for carmakers, steel for manufacturers and more.
Indeed, America’s freight railroads operate the saf-
est, most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally
sound freight transportation system in the world — and
the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is com-
mitted to keeping it that way.
As the unified voice for the industry, we will continue
our role in the year ahead to advance sound public
policy and will continue working to establish safety, se-
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