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.

Newsom Team Releases Revised California High Speed Rail Plan

May 2, 2019 The new chairman of the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) yesterday released a project status update that...

Guest Op-Ed: Infrastructure – How to Make A Difference

April 12, 2019 Increased infrastructure spending seems to be the most popular promise of presidential candidates.  One trillion...

Senate Presses Secretary of Transportation on FAA Certification and FY20 Budget Requests

March 28, 2019 The Senate subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing on...

As Trump Administration Proposes Cuts, Rail Stakeholders Ask for Increased, Reliable Funding

March 22, 2019 Just a day after the White House released their budget proposal for 2020, which would significantly cut funding for...

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Security

March 20, 2019 The President's fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security includes proposals for a...

Amtrak Requests $141 Million Cut in Its Own Budget

March 21, 2019 Amtrak (formally the National Rail Passenger Corporation) sent its fiscal 2020 budget request to Congress yesterday...

The FY20 Budget: USDOT Competitive Grant Programs

March 20, 2019 What a difference a year makes. In its fiscal 2019 budget request, the Trump Administration requested zero dollars...

The FY20 Budget: Transportation Tax and Fee Assumptions

March 19, 2019 In the full fiscal year 2020 federal budget request released this week, the assumptions for the tax receipts of...

FY20 New Starts Report Still Rates Gateway Projects Medium-Low, Making Them Ineligible for Federal Funding

March 15, 2019 As part of the Trump Administration's fiscal 2020 budget (slow your) rollout, the Federal Transit Administration this...

Key Senators Introduce Bill Banning Transit Agencies From Procuring Rolling Stock from China-Based Manufacturers

March 14, 2019 Today, a bipartisan group of Senators, including the chairman and ranking minority member of the committee with...

President’s FY20 Budget Cuts DOT Appropriations $4.8 Billion, Meets FAST Act HTF Spending Targets, Keeps $200B Infrastructure Placeholder

March 11, 2019  President Trump has released a fiscal year 2020 budget request today that calls for $84.1 billion in gross...

Schumer Will Seek To Force Gateway Funding in Next “Must-Pass” Spending Bill

March 8, 2019 This week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told an Association for Better New York breakfast meeting that...

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