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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.

EXPLAINER: What to know on Congress’ bid to bar rail strike

Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said he expects senators from both parties will ultimately have to...

House to Vote This Week to Prevent Railroad Strike

The House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on legislation imposing a contract settlement on the railroad unions...

Amtrak Year-End Reporting Shows Ongoing Ridership, Expense Problems

A review of Amtrak's final monthly operating report for fiscal year 2022 shows that ridership and revenue on key routes continues to...

Railroad Strike Averted (For Now)

After some cajoling from the Biden Administration and an all-night negotiating session, the leaders of the remaining holdout railroad...

President’s Mediators Put Rail Unions On Defense As Possible Strike Looms

A three-person mediation board appointed by President Biden issued its final report on the ongoing railroad labor contract negotiations...

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,...

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...

Guest Op-Ed: The Real Danger of Mandatory Reciprocal Switching Is Freight Rail Stagnation

On March 15, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a hearing on a 2016 regulatory proposal that would amend agency policy...

As Brightline struggles with deadly accidents, what will future hold for South Florida rail expansion?

“It’s really in everyone’s interest to try to make sure this stops happening as soon as possible,” said Paul Lewis, policy...

T&I Hearing Looks at Expanded Intercity Passenger Rail

On Thursday, December 9, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee...

Op-Ed: Recognizing the Reasons for Railroad Deaths

While we do not yet know the precise cause of the recent Amtrak derailment in Montana, the response was swift. The National...

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