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.

Webinar: Telework During COVID and Beyond: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Improve Virtual Work and the Future of Commuting

Working from home has become the “new normal” for employees around the world. In the post-pandemic work environment, telework may...

1955 “Weeks Report” – Revision of Federal Transportation Policy

This is the version of the "Weeks Report" of the President's Advisory Committee on Transport Policy and Organization, as released to...

Cabinet Meeting of January 28, 1955

This 12-page PDF document contains three items relating to the Cabinet Meeting of January 28, 1955: Cabinet Paper 6/1, dated...

December 1954 Cabinet Meeting on Railroad Policy

This is a 39-page PDF file relating to the Cabinet meeting of December 17, 1954 where the initial draft of the "Weeks Report" (the...

FTA Allocates $248 Million to Portal North Bridge Replacement

The Trump Administration this week formally allocated its first funding for any project in the "Gateway" portfolio of passenger rail...

1958 Eisenhower Administration Statement of Railroad Policy

This is a PDF file of the records of the Cabinet meeting of March 28, 1958 and its results. The 33-page PDF contains copies of the...

Webinar: Promoting Resiliency Across the Global Supply Chains

Supply chain and logistics professionals are constantly adapting to technological and socioeconomic shifts in the mobility landscape....

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Rail Board, DOT IG Nominees

Yesterday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on four pending nominees to transportation...

Labor Unions Ask USDOT for Mandated Passenger Face Masks

On July 27, Larry Willis, the President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), sent a letter on behalf of TTD’s 33...

White House Submits Sixth Amtrak Board Nomination as Senate Prepares to Move Rail Nominees

This week, President Trump formally nominated a sixth person to be a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors – former Congressman...

Nomination News: STB May Get Full Membership, Szabat Approved by Committee

This week, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Joel Szabat to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, and...

Webinar: State of the Industry: Freight Rail in 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on consumer-facing industries, like aviation or retail, has received great coverage in the press and in the...

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