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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.

1997 Senate ISTEA Reauthorization Hearings Part 2 – March 22, 26, and 28, April 7 and 21, May 7 and June 6, 1997

Hearings of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on ISTEA reauthorization held on March 22, 26, and 28, April 7 and 21,...

1997 Senate ISTEA Reauthorization Hearings Part 1 – February 13 and 26 and March 6, 13 and 19, 1997

Hearings of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on ISTEA reauthorization held February 13 and 26 and March 6, 13 and 19,...

1996 House ISTEA Reauthorization Hearings Part 1 – March 28 and May 2, 7 and 16, 1996

Hearings of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on ISTEA reauthorization on March 28 and May 2, 7 and 16, 1996.

1961 (Mar. 20) Statement by Sen. Williams on His Mass Transit Bill

Statement of Sen. Harrison Williams prepared in advance of the the March 20, 1961 Senate hearing on his urban mass transit bill, S. 345.

1961 Commerce/HHFA Report to JFK on Urban Mass Transit (Draft)

Undated draft report prepared by the Housing and Home Finance Administrator and the Secretary of Commerce for President Kennedy on...

1976 Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act – Enrolled Bill Memo

Set of memos from February 1976 presenting President Ford with the views of Administration agencies and officials on the enrolled bill...

1975 (May) Rail Antitrust Immunity Decision Memo for President Ford

Set of memos from May 1975 preparing President Ford to decide whether or not the Administration's forthcoming railroad policy bill...

1976 Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act

Text of Public Law 94-210, the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976.

1972 Volpe Memo to Ehrlichman on Penn Central Bankruptcy

A July 19, 1972 memo from Transportation Secretary Volpe to President Nixon's top domestic policy aide, John Ehrlichman, describing the...

FY 2015 USDOT Budget Estimates for the Federal Railroad Administration

Detailed budget estimates for FRA as part of the FY 2015 budget request.

House Highway Markup Likely Slipping To First Week of October

September 18, 2015 With the Senate having passed a three-year surface transportation reauthorization bill (which aspires to be a...

GAO Issues New Report Showing Just How Badly Most Railroads Will Miss Dec. 31 PTC Deadline

September 18, 2015 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report analyzing the deadline for the implementation of...

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