Issue / Commuter Rail

Senate Commerce Discusses Emerging Threats to Surface Transportation

January 31, 2018 As a response to the rise in international terrorist attacks involving multiple surface transportation modes, a...

6-Page Summary of Administration Infrastructure Plan Leaked; Won’t Contain Funding Offset

January 22, 2018 (additions January 26) On the morning of January 22, someone leaked an internal 6-page summary of the larger,...

PTC Finger-Pointing Continues as DeFazio Introduces Legislation

January 12, 2018 The aftermath of December's fatal Amtrak Cascades train derailment in Washington State continues to keep the topic...

May 2016 F.R.A. Report to Congress on Industry Response to Safety Advisories FRA-2013-08 and FRA-2015-13

This is a PDF copy of the report that the Federal Railroad Administration was required to submit to Congress by section 11406 of the...

Fatal Amtrak Derailment Draws Attention Back to PTC Implementation

December 22, 2017 This week's fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State between Tacoma and Olympia, killing three people and...

Comstock Introduces WMATA Board Reorganization Bill

December 8, 2017 Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the sole remaining Republican in Congress from the Washington D.C. mass transit...

House Panel Gathers Feedback from Rail Stakeholders

October 12, 2017 On October 4, the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee convened a subcommittee hearing on...

A Bid for Better Transit: Improving service with contracted operations

Service contracting is a tool that government can use to improve transit service quality for riders and better position transit...

DC Metro Revenues Down Sharply; CEO Asks For $1.5B/Yr Capital Plan

September 19, 2017 Metro (the operating name of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) faces challenges in both...

Amtrak FY 2017-2021 Financial Plan (Original Version)

Amtrak's financial plan for FY 2017-2021 - original version with what appear to be massive spreadsheet errors in the per-route totals...

USDOT Withdraws From Gateway Corporation

Saturday, July 1, 2017 Late yesterday afternoon, the  U.S. Department of Transportation notified the Gateway Program Development...

USDOT Letter Withdrawing From the Gateway Development Corporation

Letter dated June 30, 2017 from the Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Gateway Development...

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