In today's political and regulatory environment, relations between certain shipper organizations and the rail industry can, at times, fairly be described as tempestuous. Some shippers and shipper associations are supporting legislation that would result in significant changes in post-Staggers Act rail regulation. What many do not realize, however, is that over 100 years ago, Congress passed legislation requiring that any railroad bridge requiring a federal permit and the approach tracks connecting to that bridge were to be made available for use by any and all railroads that could connect to the approach tracks. In its current form, this act of Congress is known as the Bridge Act of 1906. All railroad companies desiring the use of any railroad bridge built in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be entitled to equal rights and privileges relative to the passage of railway trains or cars over same and over the approaches thereto upon payment of a reasonable compensation for such use.
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