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.

Amtrak at 50: How McKinsey Designed A National Railroad

(Part one of this series told the story of how Congress passed, and Richard Nixon at the last minute decided to sign, the October 1970...

Here’s how the GOP infrastructure plan stacks up against Biden’s transportation plans

Jeff Davis examined what Biden and Senate Republicans are proposing to spend on roads, transit, rail, airports and safety programs over...

Say It Ain’t So, Amtrak Joe

Jeff Davis was surprised to see Amtrak's 2035 Vision included a Minneapolis-Duluth line that former Minnesota congressman Jim Oberstar...

GAO Issues Status Report on U.S. Commuter Rail

This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a new report entitled Commuter Rail: Information on Benefits and Funding...

White House plan calls for large expansion of federal government’s role in transportation

The Biden administration is calling for $365 billion in highway spending, $189 billion for transit and $94 billion for rail over five...

CP-KCS Merger Would Create Canada-US-Mexico Unified Railroad

In what seems like the last, unfinished piece of 1990s railroad merger mania, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern announced on...

Rail Safety, Workforce, and GHG Issues Set Stage for Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), the brand-new chairman of the House Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, kicked off a...

Amtrak at 50: Defining the “Basic System” of Service Routes

President Richard Nixon, against the wishes of his senior White House advisers, signed the Rail Passenger Service Act into law on...

Railroads Successfully Implement Positive Train Control Technology Two Days Before Extended Deadline

The railroad industry can finally rest easy after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)  announced the successful implementation...

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...

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