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.

Senate Commerce OKs $78B Rail-Safety-Multimodal Bill

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this week approved a $78 billion bill that provides the highway and motor...

Guest Op-Ed: House Transportation Bill Incomplete on U.S. Rail Policy

The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee recently passed a large-scale surface transportation bill, and it is safe to...

Senate Safety & Rail Titles of Surface Reauthorization Released

Yesterday afternoon, the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced a...

House To Vote on Surface Transportation Reauthorization by July 1

Yesterday morning, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a five-year, $548 billion surface transportation...

T&I Panel Advances $548B Surface Bill After 19-Hour Markup

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began marking up H.R. 3864, the INVEST in America Act, at 10 a.m. yesterday, and...

House Democrats Introduce $547B Surface Bill; Markup Next Week

House Democrats today introduced a five-year, $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, the “Investing in a New...

Amtrak Route Expansion Largely Depends on State Willingness to Subsidize

Seeking to capitalize on President Biden's huge proposed spending increases as part of his American Jobs Plan, Amtrak last month...

House Hearing Shows Partisan Divide on High-Speed Rail

A hearing before the House Railroads Subcommittee yesterday revealed sharp partisan division over high-speed rail in general and over...

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures...

Amtrak at 50: How McKinsey Designed A National Railroad

(Part one of this series told the story of how Congress passed, and Richard Nixon at the last minute decided to sign, the October 1970...

Here’s how the GOP infrastructure plan stacks up against Biden’s transportation plans

Jeff Davis examined what Biden and Senate Republicans are proposing to spend on roads, transit, rail, airports and safety programs over...

Say It Ain’t So, Amtrak Joe

Jeff Davis was surprised to see Amtrak's 2035 Vision included a Minneapolis-Duluth line that former Minnesota congressman Jim Oberstar...

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