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.

President Signs Bill Averting Rail Strike

President Biden has signed into law H. J. Res. 100, a resolution imposing a contract on the four railroad unions who had rejected the...

Highway, Rail Nominees Moving Through Committee

Highway and railroad policy nominees will be added to the pending pool from which the Senate usually selects several dozen individuals...

EXPLAINER: What to know on Congress’ bid to bar rail strike

Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said he expects senators from both parties will ultimately have to...

House to Vote This Week to Prevent Railroad Strike

The House of Representatives is expected to vote later this week on legislation imposing a contract settlement on the railroad unions...

Amtrak Year-End Reporting Shows Ongoing Ridership, Expense Problems

A review of Amtrak's final monthly operating report for fiscal year 2022 shows that ridership and revenue on key routes continues to...

Railroad Strike Averted (For Now)

After some cajoling from the Biden Administration and an all-night negotiating session, the leaders of the remaining holdout railroad...

What Happens If Congress Blocks the Railroad Strike?

Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said Congress could still pass a bill extending the cooling-off period....

Webinar: The Role of Technology in Modernizing Supply Chains

The freight transportation sector has always been a leader in leveraging new technologies to improve operational speed, efficiency, and...

Senate Amtrak Hearing Avoids Big-Picture Issues

It’s a pivotal time for Amtrak, and Congress gave the nation’s passenger railroad $22 billion in the recent bipartisan...

Opinion: Three Questions the Senate Should Ask the Amtrak Board Nominees

In his 1987 history of the Federal Reserve, Secrets of the Temple, journalist William Greider told a funny story illustrating the...

President’s Mediators Put Rail Unions On Defense As Possible Strike Looms

A three-person mediation board appointed by President Biden issued its final report on the ongoing railroad labor contract negotiations...

Opting Out of Mass Transit?

In his analysis of the impact of remote work on transit, Phil Plotch, the Eno Center for Transportation’s principal researcher,...

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