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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.

Shippers Voice Concern Over Poor Railroad Communications, Access Charges

July 25, 2019 The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a “Railroad Shippers Roundtable” on...

As Trump Administration Proposes Cuts, Rail Stakeholders Ask for Increased, Reliable Funding

March 22, 2019 Just a day after the White House released their budget proposal for 2020, which would significantly cut funding for...

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Security

March 20, 2019 The President's fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security includes proposals for a...

Amtrak Requests $141 Million Cut in Its Own Budget

March 21, 2019 Amtrak (formally the National Rail Passenger Corporation) sent its fiscal 2020 budget request to Congress yesterday...

The FY20 Budget: USDOT Competitive Grant Programs

March 20, 2019 What a difference a year makes. In its fiscal 2019 budget request, the Trump Administration requested zero dollars...

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Tax and Fee Assumptions

March 19, 2019 In the full fiscal year 2020 federal budget request released this week, the assumptions for the tax receipts of...

FY20 New Starts Report Still Rates Gateway Projects Medium-Low, Making Them Ineligible for Federal Funding

March 15, 2019 As part of the Trump Administration's fiscal 2020 budget (slow your) rollout, the Federal Transit Administration this...

Cornyn et al Chinese-Manufactured Rolling Stock Ban Legislation

This is the text of the bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 14, 2019 by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike...

Schumer Will Seek To Force Gateway Funding in Next “Must-Pass” Spending Bill

March 8, 2019 This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told an Association for Better New York breakfast meeting that...

California HSR Authority Responds to FRA Attempt to Cancel Their Grant

March 8, 2019 On March 4, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) issued a formal response to the Federal Railroad...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled "Looking...

Grassley, Wyden Push Railroad, Alternative Fuel Tax Break Extensions

March 1, 2019 Yesterday, the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden...

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