Railroads

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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.

The Effects of Coronavirus on Transportation

The Centers for Disease Control said this week it is expecting that the COVID-19 virus will spread to the United States. With cases and...

Amtrak Requests $2.34 Billion in FY21 Appropriations

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has submitted its own request to Congress for $2.34 billion in federal...

How Well Did the Appropriations Committees Meet the 5-Year FAST Act Targets?

Now that the final fiscal year 2020 Transportation-Housing Appropriations bill has been released, we can add up how well the House and...

Durbin Introduces Bill to Allow Amtrak to Sue Freight Railroads for Delays

This week, Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation at the behest of Amtrak to allow the nationwide...

House Amtrak Hearing Criticizes Cost-Cutting Measures and New Arbitration Clause

The House Railroads Subcommittee examined present and future Amtrak policy in a wide-ranging hearing on November 13 featuring the...

Senate Committee Approves RRIF and NASA Bills, 3 Nominations

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a drama-free markup on November 13 and approved 20 bills by voice vote,...

Senate Panel to Vote on Nominations, TOD Bill Next Week

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled a November 13 markup session (10:00 a.m., G-50 Dirksen) with a...

House Hearing Looks At Commuter Rail Needs

The House Railroad Subcommittee held a hearing on September 24 to examine the state of commuter rail in America. The hearing heard...

New Hudson River Tunnel Financial Plan Lowers CIG Share, Rearranges Debt Burden

A few more details about the revised financial plan for the new Hudson River Tunnel project have come to light since the August 23...

DOT Announces $272M in Rail State of Good Repair Grants

On August 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the ten recipients of the first round of Federal-State Partnership for...

Hudson River Tunnel Cost Estimate Lowered by $1.4 Billion, Sponsors Say They Will Cap Annual CIG Draw at $600M

The sponsors of the proposed Hudson River Tunnel replacement project on August 23 announced that they have submitted a revised...

FRA Asks for Applicants for $244M in FY19 Rail Grants

This week, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the availability of $252.5 million in fiscal year 2019 funding for rail...

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