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.

Year-End Package Extends Rail Tax Credit Forever, Clean Fuel Credits Temporarily

Among the umpteen other items in the omnibus year-end fiscal legislation passed by Congress yesterday was a package of extensions of...

11-year Saga Over Amtrak’s On-Time Performance Metrics Comes to an End

It seems fitting that the “Amtrak Joe” Biden Administration will be able to use new data to evaluate the performance of America’s...

Amtrak at 50: The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970

Fifty years ago today, President Nixon signed into law the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-518), relieving the...

Senate Committee Looks at Legislative Considerations for Freight and Passenger Rail Amid Pandemic

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing Wednesday, October 21 to discuss the effects and status of...

Webinar: Transportation at the Ballot Box: CalTrain Sales Tax Measure

The Eno Center for Transportation does not endorse or oppose specific ballot measures. The information is provided for research and...

One-Year FAST Act Extension Passes House

The House of Representatives has passed a one-year extension of FAST Act funding and policy as Division B of a larger fiscal-year-end...

DOT Announces $321 Million in CRISI Rail Grants

On September 23, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the selectees for grants from the fiscal 2020 appropriation for the...

$1 Billion in BUILD Grants Announced by USDOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation on September 16 announced the selectees for $1 billion in surface transportation grants from the...

December 1957 White House Meeting With Railroads

This PDF file contains two documents relating to a December 5, 1957 meeting at the White House between senior Eisenhower Administration...

Amtrak Asks for $5 Billion in House Subcommittee Hearing

On Wednesday, September 9, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing about recent events...

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...

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