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.

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...

California HSR Authority Responds to FRA Attempt to Cancel Their Grant

March 8, 2019 On March 4, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) issued a formal response to the Federal Railroad...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled "Looking...

Infrastructure and Climate Change – Balancing Government Dollars vs Market-Based Solutions

March 1, 2019 On February 26, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining How...

Homeland Panel Examines Cyber Threats to Surface Transportation

March 1, 2019 On February 26, the House Homeland Security Committee held a joint hearing to look at ways to secure the U.S. surface...

Grassley, Wyden Push Railroad, Alternative Fuel Tax Break Extensions

March 1, 2019 Yesterday, the chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden...

Population Density and High-Speed Rail

March 1, 2019 With the recent decision of the Governor of California to slow down (at a minimum) plans for construction of the...

DOT Says It Will Withhold Final $929 Million from California High Speed Rail Project

February 20, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it will not pay the California High Speed Rail Authority...

Senate Commerce Examines Infrastructure Needs

February 14, 2019 Yesterday, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened...

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