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.

1976 Federal-Aid Highway Act

Text of Public Law 94-280, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1976.

1974 National Mass Transportation Assistance Act

Text of Public Law 93-503, the National Mass Transportation Assistance Act of 1974, providing operating assistance for local mass...

1962 Federal-Aid Highway Act

Text of Public Law 87-866, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962.

1944 Federal-Aid Highway Act

Text of Public Law 521 of the 78th Congress, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944.

1943 Federal-Aid Highway Amendments

Text of Public Law 146 of the 78th Congress, the Federal-Aid Highway Amendments of 1943.

California HSR Project Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

January 7, 2015 The beleaguered $68 billion California high-speed rail project held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday in...

2009 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

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House Highway Bill Markup Schedule Slipping; Still No Plan For Ways and Means Funding Provisions

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July 27, 2015 11:34 p.m. – Senate Invokes Cloture on DRIVE Act

The U.S. Senate has voted, 62 to 32, to invoke cloture on the DRIVE Act (the surface transportation reauthorization bill offered as...

Senate Hearing Examines Technology’s Evolving Role in Transportation

July 9, 2015 On July 7, 2015, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety...

McConnell Says HTF Legislation Could Come to Senate Floor As Early As Next Week – Scope, Duration Unknown

July 9, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) surprised Capitol Hill yesterday by telling reporters that Highway Trust...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 1626. the Senate Passenger Rail Bill, As Introduced

Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the...

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