SMART TD National Legislative Director John Risch recently wrote an opinion editorial, published by Inforum, about how larger trucks destroy roads and take away important railroad jobs.
“Beyond destroying our roads, increasing the weight of trucks will shift freight traffic from our state’s railroads and onto our state’s highways,” Risch wrote. “Railroads build and maintain their own tracks and even pay property taxes on rail lines while no one pays property taxes on roads. The existing 105,500 lb. trucks do not pay for the damage they cause to our roads today.”
Click here to read the full op-ed by Risch.
Trains.com reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report showing that railroad jobs dropped by 3.8 percent in 2016 – reflecting the elimination of approximately 8,600 railroad jobs. In 2015, the drop in railroad jobs was reported at at sharper decline of 6.8 percent. Read the complete article here.