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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.

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...

WMATA Urges Congressional Action on Railcar Supply Concerns, As EU Rejects Siemens-Alstom Merger

February 8, 2019 This week, the director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) told Congress that he has...

What, Exactly, Did President Trump Just Say About Gateway?

February 8, 2019 Two days ago, President Trump gave an interview to a group of selected local journalists from around the U.S....

Transportation and Infrastructure in the State of the Union Address, 1999-2018

February 4, 2019 As we all await President Trump's State of the Union address tomorrow, it is worth looking back at the times that...

Is the Federal-Aid Highway Program Compatible With the “Green New Deal?”

January 25, 2019 The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives has energized progressives, and many are choosing to spend...

All Railroads With PTC Requirements Claim to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

January 3, 2019 All 41 railroads with positive train control (PTC) requirements submitted by Dec. 31, 2018 documentation claiming...

Tax Package Passes House but Looks Dead in Senate

December 21, 2018 A $99.2 billion package of year-end tax reductions passed the House of Representatives last night by a party-line...

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in BUILD Surface Transportation Grants

December 11, 2018  Today, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the full list of recipients of $1.475 billion in fiscal...

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