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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.

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...

Interesting Chart of the Week

May 6, 2015 When looking at federal spending programs over a long period of time, the actual dollar amounts are not particularly...

DOT Issues Long-Awaited Rail Car Rule

May 6, 2015 Last Friday, U.S. DOT released its much-anticipated rulemaking for shipping crude oil and other liquid energy products...

House Subcommittee OK’s $71.5 Billion FY16 USDOT Budget

April 30, 2015 A House appropriations subcommittee today approved a draft bill making available $71.5 billion in spending authority...

Foxx Defends DOT FY16 Budget Before Senate Appropriators

April 22, 2015 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx defended his department’s fiscal year 2016 budget request before a...

Senate Passes FY16 Budget After 16-Hour “Vote-a-Rama” Session

April 2, 2015 The Senate passed its fiscal 2016 budget plan (S. Con. Res. 11) in the wee hours of Friday morning, March 27, after a...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 808, the Senate STB Reauthorization Bill, As Reported

SECTION-BY-SECTION SUMMARY OF S. 808, SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015 The bill redesignates...

Senate Committee OK’s Freight Rail Regulation; PTC Deadline Extension Bills

March 26, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee yesterday approved two significant pieces of freight rail...

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