Tiffany Hopes Forums Put Pressure On Feds Regarding Freight Rail
Michigan State Sen. Ed McBroom and Wisconsin State Sen. Tom Tiffany are hosting two public meetings in Michigan and Wisconsin next week on the state of rail service in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin.
Senator Tiffany says the forums give citizens a chance to voice their concerns about rail service and how the current service hurts the economy...
"...People who have an interest in freight rail, people who have the potential to ship via rail that they will come out and tell their stories because we've been hearing them regularly. If there was better service and better rates there would be a lot more commerce that would be going on up here by some people who use rail, not just the forest products industry or plastics and others. We think there is an opportunity there and we think the most important thing to do is let people tell their stories..."
Tiffany says with industries moving back to the U.S., freight rail service is going to become more necessary...
"I think it's time to get our federal officials attention. This has to turn around. At the end of the day there isn't much we can do at the state level. But at the federal level, there is a lot that they can do to make the railroads pay attention to the problems that have been created here...."
The Michigan forum is Monday, August 26 during the day at the Marquette township hall in Marquette, Michigan with the Wisconsin forum the next day, Tuesday August 27 at the Rhinelander High School Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m .