TFI Joins Legislators and Rail Industry Leaders to Urge Immediate Action to Extend the Rail PTC Deadline

House Committee Commended for Action

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October 22, 2015
House Committee Commended for Action

Washington, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President Chris Jahn participated in a press conference today at the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress to act immediately to extend the deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC) technology and prevent a shutdown of the nation’s freight rail system. Jahn was joined by  U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) along with Association of American Railroads’ President and CEO Ed Hamberger and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Chicago’s Metra, Martin Oberman. 

“Nitrogen fertilizer is fuel for agriculture’s high performance engine and makes it possible for our nation’s farmers to produce $225 billion worth of crops annually,” said Jahn. “Without speedy action to extend the PTC implementation deadline, growers will be denied reliable access to an essential tool of food production. 

“Getting fertilizer to farmers through rail is just one part of a complicated logistics supply chain, it can’t be turned off and on like an iPhone,” said Jahn. “I applaud the bipartisan-bicameral language to extend the PTC deadline, and am pleased the House Highway bill includes it.  We strongly support an extension of the deadline, and urge its passage at the earliest opportunity,” he concluded.