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Issue / Railroads

Railroads have been a vital aspect of the transportation system for nearly 200 years. Moving both passengers and freight, railroads offer high capacity and efficient transportation options. Freight railroads in the United States are mostly owned by private companies, who maintain and operate their system using wholly private revenues. Passenger systems, whether through Amtrak or various commuter railroads, require public assistance and either operate on their own track or pay to use freight railroad-own track.

December 1957 White House Meeting With Railroads

This PDF file contains two documents relating to a December 5, 1957 meeting at the White House between senior Eisenhower Administration...

1955 “Weeks Report” – Revision of Federal Transportation Policy

This is the version of the "Weeks Report" of the President's Advisory Committee on Transport Policy and Organization, as released to...

Cabinet Meeting of January 28, 1955

This 12-page PDF document contains three items relating to the Cabinet Meeting of January 28, 1955: Cabinet Paper 6/1, dated...

1958 Eisenhower Administration Statement of Railroad Policy

This is a PDF file of the records of the Cabinet meeting of March 28, 1958 and its results. The 33-page PDF contains copies of the...

White House Submits Sixth Amtrak Board Nomination as Senate Prepares to Move Rail Nominees

This week, President Trump formally nominated a sixth person to be a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors – former Congressman...

Nomination News: STB May Get Full Membership, Szabat Approved by Committee

This week, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Joel Szabat to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, and...

Rapid Response Webinar: The Coronavirus Relief Package & Transportation

In this Rapid Response webinar, Eno's Jeff Davis will explain and analyze the billions of dollars in emergency assistance that will be...

USDOT Gives Out $248M in FY19 CRISI Rail Grants

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on March 12 announced the recipients of $248.5 million in railroad grants under the Consolidated...

Durbin Introduces Bill to Allow Amtrak to Sue Freight Railroads for Delays

This week, Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation at the behest of Amtrak to allow the nationwide...

Senate Committee Approves RRIF and NASA Bills, 3 Nominations

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a drama-free markup on November 13 and approved 20 bills by voice vote,...

Senate Panel to Vote on Nominations, TOD Bill Next Week

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled a November 13 markup session (10:00 a.m., G-50 Dirksen) with a...

As 2020 Deadline Looms, Railroads Face PTC Implementation Challenges

August 1, 2019 The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened for a hearing on July 31 regarding the current...

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