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.

Funding Table for Democratic Substitute for INVEST in America Act (June 12 2020)

This is a 2-page table showing funding authorization levels in the amendment in the nature of a substitute for H.R. 2, the INVEST in...

INVEST in America Act – Democratic Substitute Version (June 12 2020)

This is the text of a proposed amendment in the nature of a substitute (complete replacement) to the bill H.R. 2, the INVEST in America...

$495 Billion Surface Transportation Bill Introduced by House Democrats

A bill authorizing $495.4 billion in federal funding for surface transportation programs was introduced in the House of Representatives...

How Realistic Are the House Surface Bill’s Suggested Appropriations?

The surface transportation reauthorization bill released by House Democrats this week would provide $412 billion in federal funding...

White House to Nominate Two Democratic Members to Amtrak Board

The White House announced yesterday that President Trump will soon be making two more nominations to the Amtrak Board of Directors....

House Bill Mandates Mask Use on Airlines, Transit, Amtrak

The $3 trillion coronavirus bill that is up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week (H.R. 6800) includes a federal mandate...

Webinar: How Disruptions to Our Transportation System Can Impact Food Supply

Immediate concerns about the ability of the food supply chain to meet customer demand have abated following the initial wave of panic...

COVID-19 Makes Meeting PTC Deadline Challenging, But Not Impossible

While COVID-19 ravages public transit ridership and is having devastating effects on frontline workers, transit agencies are still...

FRA and Amtrak Propose Metrics for Passenger Train Delays. Again.

On March 31, the Federal Railroad Administration published in the Federal Register a set of proposed metrics and standards for judging...

House Democrats Seek to Move Previously Planned $760 Billion Infrastructure Bill As Next Response to Coronavirus

House Democratic leaders announced at a press conference today that they hope to include their $760 billion, five-year infrastructure...

The “CV3” Bill’s $1 Billion for Amtrak – How Would It Work?

The third coronavirus response bill appropriates $1.018 billion from the general fund of the Treasury for two grants to Amtrak "to...

Final Version of $2 Trillion COVID Response Bill Has $114 Billion for Transportation

5:40 a.m. 3/26/2020 update: Earlier this morning, the Senate passed H.R. 748, as amended with the coronavirus aid package, by a vote of...

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