Thankfully, the U.S. Surface Transportation Board is off to a good start and is working on regulatory reforms that will help address ongoing issues that are important to manufacturers who depend on freight rail. The preservation of a strong rail industry is extremely important to the member companies of the Steel Manufacturers Association (“SMA”). For many steel producers, the railroads are highly valued customers. And most steelmakers also rely on the railroads to transport a significant portion of their raw materials and finished steel products.