NRC Member R.J. Corman Hosts Congressman Andy Barr
Friday, October 19, 2018
by: Matt Bell
Section: 2018 NRC Grassroots Events
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NICHOLASVILLE, KY - On Friday, October 19th, U.S. Representative Andy Barr (R-KY-6), chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association member R.J. Corman for a transportation public policy discussion at R.J. Corman's headquarters in Nicholasville.
"It was a privilege hosting Congressman Barr, a leader in infrastructure advocacy, at our headquarters today," stated R.J. Corman CEO Ed Quinn. "About half of our 1,300 employees are Kentuckians, and Congressman Barr's dedication to improve infrastructure and economic growth in our state is commendable. R. J. Corman Railroad Group and our employees are proud to provide safe and efficient rail services to the industry, such as emergency response, track material distribution, track construction, and signal design, throughout the country. We are pleased with Congressman Barr's leadership supporting increased infrastructure investments and share this mission with him and the representatives from NRC."
R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC serves all seven North American major railroads, many regional and short line railroads and dozens of industries having rail. Services include owning and operating eleven short lines, providing emergency rail services associated with derailments and natural disasters, switching, track construction, track material distribution, signal design/construction, building switching locomotives and operating a dinner train.
The Congressman participated in a brief policy discussion which highlighted the need for a federal infrastructure bill. Attendees discussed government over regulation in the rail industry, like the proposed FRA Part 243 rule, which would hurt the railroad contractor business. Attendees also talked about the importance of not increasing truck size or truck weight limits at the federal level. Attendees thanked the Congressman for his support as a co-sponsor on the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, which, if passed by Congress, will allow the nation's small, local freight railroads to increase their reinvestment for upgrades and expanding the "first and last mile" of transportation infrastructure.
The NRC and the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) coordinated the event.