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.

Celebrating a Visionary with an Update on a New Hudson River Rail Tunnel

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center celebrated its 25th anniversary this month with remembrances of a transportation visionary...

House T&I Discusses Workforce, Safety, and Service Challenges Impacting Freight Rail Supply Chain

The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on May 11 to discuss the rail supply chain...

Summary of Senate Railroad Safety Bill

This is a summary of S. 576, the Railway Safety Act of 2023, as amended and ordered reported by the Senate Commerce Committee on May...

Democratic Sen. Tester Agrees to Block Biden Amtrak Board Nominees

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) announced this week that he will block President Biden's slate of nominees to the Amtrak Board of Directors...

Cruz, Other Commerce R’s Ask Biden to Withdraw Amtrak Board Nominee

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and six other Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee wrote to President...

California High-Speed Rail Project Wants 1/4 of All IIJA Rail Grant Money

This month, the California High Speed Rail Authority said that it needs $8 billion in federal grants under the Infrastructure...

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Hearing: Railway Safety Act The Main Focus

The U.S Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on March 22 to discuss safety issues pertaining to the...

Short Line Railroads’ Environmental Push

Short line railroads touch one out of every five cars moving on the national railroad system, serving customers who otherwise would be...

Bipartisan Push for Increasing Safety Regulation at the Recent Senate Hearing on Ohio Train Derailment

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on March 9 on the recent derailment of railcars carrying hazardous...

Pipeline Safety Takes Center Stage

On March 8, a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee held a hearing in Washington, D.C. to discuss pipeline safety. In the...

Pete Buttigieg’s presidential Hopes Make Him an Easy Target for Republicans — and his Slow Response in Ohio Gave Them Plenty of Ammo

"Because we've never had a secretary who had national political ambitions before, people are treating him a little more differently...

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