Railroads

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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.

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...

The Effects of Coronavirus on Transportation

The Centers for Disease Control said this week it is expecting that the COVID-19 virus will spread to the United States. With cases and...

Amtrak Requests $2.34 Billion in FY21 Appropriations

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has submitted its own request to Congress for $2.34 billion in federal...

How Well Did the Appropriations Committees Meet the 5-Year FAST Act Targets?

Now that the final fiscal year 2020 Transportation-Housing Appropriations bill has been released, we can add up how well the House and...

Durbin Introduces Bill to Allow Amtrak to Sue Freight Railroads for Delays

This week, Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation at the behest of Amtrak to allow the nationwide...

House Amtrak Hearing Criticizes Cost-Cutting Measures and New Arbitration Clause

The House Railroads Subcommittee examined present and future Amtrak policy in a wide-ranging hearing on November 13 featuring the...

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