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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.

1978 White House Strategy Memo on Trucking and Rail Deregulation Proposals

May 13, 2015 Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the 35th anniversary of the Staggers Rail...

1975 White House Freight Rail Assistance Decision Memo

May 8, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is from 40 years ago - the briefing papers prepared for President Ford in late...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Virginia’s Commitment to Transit Funding Creates a Wealth of New Projects Benefiting the Commonwealth

Virginia has a long history of commitment to mass transit. The Washington, D.C. region's Metro system, the result of a 1967 interstate...

Funding for freight can be a critical element for the next transportation bill

The United States currently lacks a comprehensive national freight policy. Over the past several years, there has been extensive...

2015: Year of Opportunity for Federal Transportation Policy?

As we look back on 2014, it is hard to draw many positive conclusions about recent progress on federal transportation policy. Congress...

Overview of Final FY 2015 USDOT Appropriations

December 9, 2014 – 9:05 p.m. Initial overview.  The omnibus package will take the form of a House amendment to the Senate...

Congress Returns For Hectic Final Session

December 2, 2014 – 11:00 A.M. As Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess to face what is supposed to be the last two weeks...

Devolving Surface Transportation Infrastructure Responsibilities to the States: What’s Past is Prologue

BY ERIC PETERSON Transportation Consultant During the 1919 transcontinental convoy, west of Grand Island, Nebraska, soldiers...

Improving Transportation Performance: Time to Focus on Operations

Congress has been able to accomplish very little this year, but one thing they agreed they needed to do was avoid insolvency in the...

Crude Oil by Rail: The Industry is Changing

BY STEVEN R. DITMEYER Adjunct Professor of Railway Management, Michigan State University An old adage says the railroad industry is...

Infrastructure in the United States: The Dangers of Living Below Our Means

BY LESLIE BLAKEY President & Executive Director, Coalition for America's Gateways & Trade Corridors Infrastructure was at...

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