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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.

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Tax and Fee Assumptions

March 19, 2019 In the full fiscal year 2020 federal budget request released this week, the assumptions for the tax receipts of...

FY20 New Starts Report Still Rates Gateway Projects Medium-Low, Making Them Ineligible for Federal Funding

March 15, 2019 As part of the Trump Administration's fiscal 2020 budget (slow your) rollout, the Federal Transit Administration this...

Cornyn et al Chinese-Manufactured Rolling Stock Ban Legislation

This is the text of the bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 14, 2019 by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mike...

Schumer Will Seek To Force Gateway Funding in Next “Must-Pass” Spending Bill

March 8, 2019 This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told an Association for Better New York breakfast meeting that...

California HSR Authority Responds to FRA Attempt to Cancel Their Grant

March 8, 2019 On March 4, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) issued a formal response to the Federal Railroad...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled "Looking...

Grassley, Wyden Push Railroad, Alternative Fuel Tax Break Extensions

March 1, 2019 Yesterday, the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden...

DOT Says It Will Withhold Final $929 Million from California High Speed Rail Project

February 20, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it will not pay the California High Speed Rail Authority...

Senate Commerce Examines Infrastructure Needs

February 14, 2019 Yesterday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened...

Why the California Bullet Train Project Failed: 7 “Worst Practices”

February 13, 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)'s announcement yesterday that he was curtailing plans to construct a...

Calif. Governor Scales Back Commitment to Statewide High Speed Rail

February 12, 2019 Earlier today, new governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), told state legislators in his first "State of the...

House Passes Scenic Byways, Route 66 Centennial, FRA Inspection Notification Bills

February 8, 2019 On February 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills from the Committee on Transportation and...

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