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T&I Panel Advances $548B Surface Bill After 19-Hour Markup

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began marking up H.R. 3864, the INVEST in America Act, at 10 a.m. yesterday, and...

House Democrats Introduce $547B Surface Bill; Markup Next Week

House Democrats today introduced a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, the “Investing in a New...

Amtrak Route Expansion Largely Depends on State Willingness to Subsidize

Seeking to capitalize on President Biden's huge proposed spending increases as part of his American Jobs Plan, Amtrak last month...

Saturday MetroRail service set to resume as transit ridership shows gains

"There's no question that transit is experiencing existential crises all across the country," said Robert Puentes, CEO of the Eno...

House Hearing Shows Partisan Divide on High-Speed Rail

A hearing before the House Railroads Subcommittee yesterday revealed sharp partisan division over high-speed rail in general and over...

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures...

Amtrak at 50: How McKinsey Designed A National Railroad

(Part one of this series told the story of how Congress passed, and Richard Nixon at the last minute decided to sign, the October 1970...

Here’s how the GOP infrastructure plan stacks up against Biden’s transportation plans

Jeff Davis examined what Biden and Senate Republicans are proposing to spend on roads, transit, rail, airports and safety programs over...

Say It Ain’t So, Amtrak Joe

Jeff Davis was surprised to see Amtrak's 2035 Vision included a Minneapolis-Duluth line that former Minnesota congressman Jim Oberstar...

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...

White House plan calls for large expansion of federal government’s role in transportation

The Biden administration is calling for $365 billion in highway spending, $189 billion for transit and $94 billion for rail over five...

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...

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