Issues Facing the  U.S. Freight Railroad Industry National Stone, Sand  Gravel Association Pulverized Minerals Division

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2. North America’s Rail Network: Extensive, Efficient & Integrated

4. Rail Transportation of Calcium Carbonate in 2004: Summary

9. 2005 Was a Good Year for Railroads...

11. Median Return on Equity S&P 500: 2005

13. Historically, RRs Have Not Earned Their Cost of Capital

14. Return on Investment is Crucial

15. ..

18. Stepped-up spending on equipment and infrastructure Aggressive hiring Infusion of technology New operating plans Cooperative alliances Working with customers What Are Railroads Doing To Increase Capacity and Enhance Service?

19. ...And Are Poised to Spend Even More

22. Capacity is Strained Across All Modes...

24. Cost effectiveness Fuel efficiency Congestion and highway costs Environment Safety

25. 25% tax credit for projects that expand rail capacity Expense other infrastructure capital expenditures Leverage private investment

26. Best used for projects whose main purpose is to meet public needs. RRs pay for their benefits and public pays for public benefits. Not “subsidy” to RRs.

27. U.S. Railroad Performance: 1964-2005 (Index 1981 = 100)

28. S. 919/H.R. 2047 Would Mean Reduced Capacity and Service ? Goal = lower rail rates for certain shippers Result = lower rail revenue, capital drain, disinvestment. S. 919/H.R. 2047 would mean less rail capacity when we need more.

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