Issue / Rail

GAO Issues Status Report on U.S. Commuter Rail

This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a new report entitled Commuter Rail: Information on Benefits and Funding...

CP-KCS Merger Would Create Canada-US-Mexico Unified Railroad

In what seems like the last, unfinished piece of 1990s railroad merger mania, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern announced on...

Rail Safety, Workforce, and GHG Issues Set Stage for Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), the brand-new chairman of the House Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, kicked off a...

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...

Year-End Package Extends Rail Tax Credit Forever, Clean Fuel Credits Temporarily

Among the umpteen other items in the omnibus year-end fiscal legislation passed by Congress yesterday was a package of extensions of...

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...

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