Railroads

Issues & Modes / Railroads

Railroads have been a vital presence in American transportation for nearly 200 years moving both passengers and freight efficiently and effectively. Freight railroads in the United States are mostly owned by private companies, who maintain and operate their own networks. 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-owned track.

White House to Nominate Two Democratic Members to Amtrak Board

The White House announced yesterday that President Trump will soon be making two more nominations to the Amtrak Board of Directors....

House Bill Mandates Mask Use on Airlines, Transit, Amtrak

The $3 trillion coronavirus bill that is up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week (H.R. 6800) includes a federal mandate...

COVID-19 Makes Meeting PTC Deadline Challenging, But Not Impossible

While COVID-19 ravages public transit ridership and is having devastating effects on frontline workers, transit agencies are still...

FRA and Amtrak Propose Metrics for Passenger Train Delays. Again.

On March 31, the Federal Railroad Administration published in the Federal Register a set of proposed metrics and standards for judging...

House Democrats Seek to Move Previously Planned $760 Billion Infrastructure Bill As Next Response to Coronavirus

House Democratic leaders announced at a press conference today that they hope to include their $760 billion, five-year infrastructure...

The “CV3” Bill’s $1 Billion for Amtrak – How Would It Work?

The third coronavirus response bill appropriates $1.018 billion from the general fund of the Treasury for two grants to Amtrak "to...

Final Version of $2 Trillion COVID Response Bill Has $114 Billion for Transportation

5:40 a.m. 3/26/2020 update: Earlier this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 748, as amended with the coronavirus aid package, by a vote of...

Senate COVID Bill Stalled; House Plan Would More than Double USDOT Appropriations

4:45 p.m. The Senate is still stuck in a partisan logjam over its coronavirus response legislation, having failed again this...

Revised Coronavirus Bill Includes $20 Billion for Mass Transit, $10 Billion for Airports, $58 Billion in Loans for Airlines

A revised version of the trillion-dollar-plus coronavirus response bill circulated by Senate Republicans this morning, after a long...

USDOT Gives Out $248M in FY19 CRISI Rail Grants

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on March 12 announced the recipients of $248.5 million in railroad grants under the Consolidated...

House Subcommittee Hearing Tackles Capital Funding Challenges, but Fails to Address the Ballooning Cost of U.S. Rail Infrastructure

On Wednesday, March 4, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled "Funding a...

Amtrak Changes CEOs As White House Re-Nominates Some (Not All) Board Members

Amtrak announced this week that President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson is stepping down, at the end of his three-year...

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