For large areas of rural and small town America, short line and regional railroads are integral way shippers to stay connected to the national network, helping businesses and employment stay local.
Short line railroads are first-and-last mile carriers, connecting small town America, farms, factories, grain elevators, refineries and facilities to the national network of railroads and connecting you to consumers, companies and ports.
H.R. 4626 and S. 2595, the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act (BRACE Act), permanently extends the 50 percent tax credit for short line railroad track maintenance. The permanent extension of the short line tax credit will lead to long-term investments and infrastructure upgrades, allowing over 10,000 rail customers, including farmers and ranchers, to stay connected to the national main line rail network.
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced. Currently Senators Wyden and Merkley as well as Congress(wo)man Blumenaur, Bonamici and DeFazio are cosponsors.