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Rail workers, unions eagerly await GAO study on precision scheduled railroading

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in response to the GAO accepting a request by Chairs DeFazio and Payne to study the impacts of Precision Scheduled Railroading (PSR):

“For years, freight rail workers and their unions have been sounding the alarm about the dangers of PSR, a destructive business model dominating the freight rail industry. We are pleased the GAO has accepted Congress’ request to study the impacts PSR has on railroad workers, shippers, and the communities through which these trains travel.

“With safety as our focus, frontline railroaders across crafts and the unions that represent these workers look forward to providing their perspective to GAO’s examination of PSR. We are hopeful that by examining the alarming practices and conditions rail employees experience on a daily basis, the GAO will shed light on this out-of-control business model.”