Representative Edmonston joins local officials to support rail transportation

Staff Report

Ascension Parish ‘s location and economy have greatly benefited from having all three modes of transportation; roads, rail and the Mississippi River.

State Rep. Kathy Edmonston

State Rep. Kathy Edmonston is pleased to announce her signature on a letter to the Surface Transportation Board that regulates railways in our nation. State Sen. Eddie Lambert, Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux and the Ascension Parish Council are signing as well.

The Staggers Rail Act of 1980 made rail more competitive and efficient by rolling back government overregulation. Ascension parish boasts three different railroads -- Kansas City Southern, Canadian National and Union Pacific. These lines connect the rail hubs of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, serving local industry and facilitating international trade.

“The freight rail system can be a key factor in our future economic growth by keeping freight off of our congested roadways. Railroads not taxpayers bear the financial burden to keep the business competitive. Free market competition with less regulations will keep our economy strong.”