Rail passengers have won an important victory for making their trains more reliable. The Supreme Court released their opinion this morning on Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-1080. READ THE OPINION HERE
It was a unanimous Supreme Court opinion that Amtrak is a government entity, making it able to help the U.S. DOT develop and enforce performance standards over the track-owning host railroads (most of whom run only freight) represented by the Association of American Railroads.
Had Amtrak not prevailed, train services would have suffered worse than they already have. After the freight railroads prevailed last year in the lower court, Amtrak’s on-time performance sank especially on trains through Ohio.
All Aboard Ohio joined with the Environmental Law & Policy Center, National Association of Railroad Passengers and the Virginians for High Speed Rail in filing an “amicus brief” or friend of the court document in support of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s position that Amtrak can help develop and enforce performance standards for using the rights of way of host railroads.
So if you’re a member of one of these organizations, you just won an important victory for more reliable passenger train services! It shows that YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE by being a member of All Aboard Ohio. And if you’re not a member, join us today HERE! Thank you for your support!