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.

Senate Commerce Holds Feinberg Nomination Hearing

September 18, 2015 Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to consider the...

1970 Rail Passenger Service Act – Enrolled Bill Memo

Memo and letters presented to President Nixon relating to the enrolled bill H.R. 17849, the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, which...

2014 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2014 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2014   January 13, 2014 update #1 January 13, 2014 update...

GAO Recommends TIGER Transparency

October 2, 2014 The U.S. Government Accountability Office on September 23 released an audit of the Department of Transportation’s...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of Sept. 14, 2015

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee – full committee hearing on the nomination of Sarah...

1998 TEA21 Law – As Amended Through February 2002

The TEA21 law was enacted on June 9, 1998 but was almost immediately altered by significant corrections and amendments enacted into law...

FY 2016 USDOT Budget Estimates for the Federal Railroad Administration

Detailed budget estimates for the FRA as part of the FY 2016 budget request.

FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations – House Hearings on FRA, FMCSA, and PHMSA (Video)


2008 SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act

Text of Public Law 110-244, the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008.

2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)

Text of Public Law 109-58, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU),...

1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)

Text of Public Law 102-240, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991.

1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act

Text of Public Law 97-424, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, which increased federal motor fuels taxes from 4 cents...

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