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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.

Senate Commerce Panel Approves Passenger Rail Bill

June 25, 2015 In a mark-up session on June 25th, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1626, a...

Senate Passes Bill Making Rail Regulators Independent Once Again

June 25, 2015 The U.S. Senate last week passed, by unanimous consent, the bill S. 808, making the Surface Transportation Board an...

Senate Hearing Examines 12/31/2015 Positive Train Control Deadline

June 11, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on June 10th about passenger rail safety,...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Offered in the House but Not Adopted

Blackburn (TN) amendment making a 1 percent cut in each amount made available by the bill – failed by a roll call vote of 163...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Adopted by the House of Representatives

Bass (CA) amendment to prohibit funds provided by the bill from being used by FTA to implement, administer or enforce 49 CFR...

House Passes FY16 Transportation Appropriations Bill

June 11, 2015 The House of Representatives has passed a fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill for transportation and housing programs...

President Nominates Rail, Pipeline/Hazmat Administrators

June 4, 2015 Last Friday, President Obama made two long-awaited nominations for senior safety regulatory positions at the U.S....

Excerpts From the White House Statement of Administration Policy on House DOT Approps.

SAP issued June 1, 2015 Veto-worthy (1): “The President's senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2577 and any other...

Transportation-Related Amendments Offered to the FY16 THUD Bill in the House on June 3

(More amendments, all of which are “limitation” amendments (“no funds in this act may be used for such-and-such”) were offered...

House Starts Work on FY16 Transportation Appropriations

June 4, 2015 The House of Representatives has begun consideration of the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill for transportation and...

Senate Action on 2-Month Extension May Be Last Pre-Recess Business

May 21, 2015 Today is shaping up to be a very long day in the United States Senate, and passage of a two-month extension of Highway...

House Panel Approves FY16 USDOT Budget

May 14, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved the fiscal 2016 appropriations bill for the Department of...

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