Issue / Rail

DOT Rolls Out IIJA Grade Crossing Grant Program

After a weekend that saw multiple train derailments due to accidents with road vehicles at grade crossings, the U.S. Department of...

Texas Central HSR Project Wins Eminent Domain Case

The Texas Supreme Court on June 24 ruled, in a 5 to 3 opinion, that the private Texas Central high-speed rail project from Dallas to...

Schedule Set for Possible National Railroad Strike in Mid-September

U.S. freight railroads and their unions took steps this week to enter the final phase of their latest labor negotiation, setting a...

House Lawmakers Debate Freight Rail Labor and Safety Issues

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week held a wide-ranging hearing with railroad regulators, labor leaders,...

FRA Establishes CIG-Like “Pipeline” for Intercity Rail Corridors

Last Friday, the Federal Railroad Administration published a notice establishing a program to provide periodic evaluation of potential...

Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Hearing Previews Future Rulings

Exacerbated by supply chain bottlenecks and workforce woes, members of Congress expressed their concern with the recent performance of...

New Amtrak Nominees May Overbalance Board Towards Northeast Corridor

When the White House announced a slate of new nominees for the Amtrak Board of Directors at 3 p.m. last Friday, it was not clear who...

Biden to Nominate 5 Amtrak Board Members

In a 3 p.m. Friday afternoon announcement, the White House sent out a news release stating that President Biden intends to nominate...

Austin’s Project Connect: Independent Review of Governance and Leadership

With the passage of Proposition A in 2020, Austin voters gave their approval to an ambitious, far-reaching vision for the region's...

Amtrak’s FY23 Budget Adheres to IIJA Authorizations

Amtrak has released its own request for federal appropriations for fiscal year 2023, separate from the request submitted on Amtrak's...

Amtrak Concedes Perpetual $1 Billion/Year Operating Losses

What a difference two years makes. In fiscal 2019, Amtrak only lost $29 million on operations, and the budget estimates submitted to...

Guest Op-Ed: Fast Trains for All

In the U.S., the Pacific Northwest has reached a tipping point where expanding its mobility choices to include high speed rail is...

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