Railroad Day on Capitol Hill 2017 is almost here. Hundreds of rail advocates and community leaders from around the country will flood Capitol Hill next Thursday, March 2, to talk to members of Congress about how a healthy and vibrant freight rail industry is the backbone of the U.S. economy, supporting vital American jobs and connecting businesses large and small to towns and cities across the U.S., as well as to the global marketplace. Railroads deliver for American businesses and consumers by spending record amounts of private capital needed to sustain and grow the nation’s rail system. In 2017 alone, freight railroads expect to spend $22 billion to maintain and grow the rail network.
The power of rail’s private investments is at the core of our annual Railroad Day message because we know that smart public policy paves the way for this private spending. Read more about the specific items on this year's agenda.
Join the Thunderclap
To extend our discussion on Railroad Day beyond the D.C. Beltway, we're launching a "Thunderclap." At 11:30AM on March 2, our collective message about the benefits of rail will go live on Twitter and Facebook.
To participate in the Thunderclap using your Facebook or Twitter account, follow these simple steps:
1. Go to Thunderclap website
2. Click Support with Facebook, Support with Twitter, and/or Support with Tumblr
3. You’ll have the option to customize the given message, then click Add My Support
4. Give Thunderclap permission to authorize your account (Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr) to send the message on Railroad Day
What to Tweet
On twitter? Be sure to join the #RailDay2017 conversation on March 2. Here are some examples of what to share:
In 2017, #FreightRail plans to spend $22B+ to build, maintain & grow its network.
Smart #datadriven #regulation makes it possible for railroads to invest & innovate for the US economy.
A simpler & fairer #taxcode would encourage investment, supporting #econdev & #poweringjobs.
Heavier trucks = more freight diverted from rail, bad news for roads, drivers & air quality. #ModalEquity
The 45G tax credit has enabled short lines to spend $4B to boost service for their customers.