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.

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...

Why the California Bullet Train Project Failed: 7 “Worst Practices”

February 13, 2019 California Governor Gavin Newsom (D)'s announcement yesterday that he was curtailing plans to construct a...

Calif. Governor Scales Back Commitment to Statewide High Speed Rail

February 12, 2019 Earlier today, new governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), told state legislators in his first "State of the...

House Passes Scenic Byways, Route 66 Centennial, FRA Inspection Notification Bills

February 8, 2019 On February 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed five bills from the Committee on Transportation and...

House T&I Kicks Off 2019 With Infrastructure Hearing

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the 116thCongress formally kicked off its work yesterday with a marathon...

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