Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Freight rail

Op-Ed: How Can We Get Rail Freight Service Back to Work for the American Consumer?

Many companies have built their production around the flow of reliable rail service. They have made significant investments into building rail sidings, rail specific infrastructure, such as loading and unloading docks and specific railcar equipment. They simply cannot “flip a switch” and go from shipping rail to shipping via truck.

USDOT Announces $79M Tranche of FY17 FASTLANE Grants

August 9, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation on August 2 notified Congress that Secretary Chao has selected ten projects to receive a total of $79 million grants in the first tranche of fiscal year grants for surface transportation projects under the “Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects” program established by the FAST Act of 2015 and codified under 23 U.S.C.

Senate Holds Hearing on FRA, MARAD Nominees

July 28, 2017 – The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on July 26 held a hearing on multiple pending nominations, including Ronald Batory to head the Federal Railroad Administration and Mark Buzby to head the Maritime Administration.

Stakeholders Push Multimodal Investment

February 24, 2017 – On February 15, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing entitled Moving America: Stakeholder Perspectives on our Multimodal Transportation System.

Guest Op-Ed: When it Comes to Regulation, Focus on the Endzone, Not the Yard Markers

Federal regulators traditionally have skewed towards prescriptive policies, instead of clearly defining the problem and the desired result. Within the context of bipartisan regulatory reform, the freight rail industry believes policymakers should embrace non-prescriptive regulatory tools, like performance-based regulations, where appropriate.

Treasury Study Rates 40 Transpo/Water Megaprojects

January 5, 2017 – A new study commissioned by the Treasury Department identifies 40 transportation and water “megaprojects” costing a total of $334 billion that, the study estimates, could bring as much as $1.3 trillion in national economic benefits.

Op-Ed: The Right Approach to Funding Freight Transportation

The health of our nation’s economy is tied to the efficient flow of goods through its freight transportation system. Without a well-designed and maintained freight transportation system, the United States’ economy will become sluggish and unable to compete.

Guest Op-Ed: STB Proposal Makes the Right Switch Toward Rail Competition

The “railroad renaissance” is not a fiction, it’s a reality. But some of the railroads’ success is due to arcane government rules that are tilted against shippers. Agency regulators designed those rules decades ago when the railroads were still struggling financially. Now it’s time to recalibrate and rebalance those rules in light of Congress’ original intent to balance deregulation against the need to promote rail competition via competitive switching.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of August 8, 2016

Not strictly on Capitol Hill, but… Thursday, August 11 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee field hearing to discuss the impact of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 on the freight rail industry (witness list here – it is one panel of South Dakota shippers and then a second panel […]

Proposed STB Rule Would Enable Reciprocal Switching

The Surface Transportation Board is proposing new regulations to adopt reciprocal switching rules which would allow “captive shippers” – those who are dependent on a single Class I railroad to ship their goods – to access competing railroads.

$759 Million in FY16 Highway and Freight Grants Announced

July 6, 2016 – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has made its selections for the first annual round of “FASTLANE” grants provided under section 1105 of the FAST Act. The Department has selected 18 projects totaling $759.2 million dollars.

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