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Amtrak at 50: Defining the “Basic System” of Service Routes

President Richard Nixon, against the wishes of his senior White House advisers, signed the Rail Passenger Service Act into law on...

Nov. 1970 Nixon Railpax Route Order for Volpe

This is a November 25, 1970 memo from OMB Director George Shultz to Transportation Secretary John Volpe notifying of President Nixon's...

Nov. 1970 OMB Railpax Route Options Memo for Nixon

This is a memo from OMB Director George Shultz to President Nixon, undated (but from its context, it was either delivered on November...

Nov. 1970 Volpe Draft Railpax Route Map for President Nixon

This is a November 24, 1970 memo (with attachments) from Transportation Secretary John Volpe to President Nixon transmitting and...

1970 Preliminary Report on Basic National Rail Passenger System

This is a preliminary report made by Transportation Secretary John Volpe on November 30, 1970 outlining the endpoint routes that the...

1970 ICC Review of Preliminary Report on Basic National Rail Passenger System

This is a December 29, 1970 report of the Interstate Commerce Commission giving the ICC's review of the October 1970 Preliminary Report...

Railroads Successfully Implement Positive Train Control Technology Two Days Before Extended Deadline

The railroad industry can finally rest easy after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)  announced the successful implementation...

11-year Saga Over Amtrak’s On-Time Performance Metrics Comes to an End

It seems fitting that the “Amtrak Joe” Biden Administration will be able to use new data to evaluate the performance of America’s...

Amtrak at 50: The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970

Fifty years ago today, President Nixon signed into law the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-518), relieving the...

White House “Railpax” Memos, January-March 1970

This PDF file contains a series of internal White House memos, and correspondence between the Department of Transportation and the...

Amtrak Asks for $5 Billion in House Subcommittee Hearing

On Wednesday, September 9, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing about recent events...

FTA Allocates $248 Million to Portal North Bridge Replacement

The Trump Administration this week formally allocated its first funding for any project in the "Gateway" portfolio of passenger rail...

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