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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.

Crude Oil by Rail: The Industry is Changing

BY STEVEN R. DITMEYER Adjunct Professor of Railway Management, Michigan State University An old adage says the railroad industry is...

Infrastructure in the United States: The Dangers of Living Below Our Means

BY LESLIE BLAKEY President & Executive Director, Coalition for America's Gateways & Trade Corridors Infrastructure was at...

California: Helping Themselves to a Brighter Future

BY KYLE MOTYCKA Business Development and Proposal Manager - Rail Veolia Transportation Maintenance & Infrastructure,...

America’s Infrastructure Crisis Isn’t Overstated

BY BRIAN PALLASCH Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives American Society of Civil...

The Bell Tolls for User-based Funding

Last month was the first time in a long time that anyone with the ability to act on it has proposed a specific funding source for...

The Challenge of National Freight Policy: How to Pay For It?

2014 could be the year that a national freight policy begins to take focus in a new authorization bill. There have been several...

Completing Projects With Less Funding: Sound Transit’s Success Story

BY JONI EARL Chief Executive Officer Sound Transit Many transit agencies were hit hard by the recession; what added dimension to...

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2013   January 16, 2013 issue January 21, 2013 update ...

Three Steps to Improving Intercity Transportation in the Amtrak Reauthorization

With the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) heading to conference, the legislative action on infrastructure and...

Virginia: Birthplace of Precedents

ERIC PETERSON Transportation Policy Consultant, Eno Board of Advisors In January 2013, it was hard to imagine how the ambition of...

Let’s Turn Over Commuter Trains to Nonprofit Organizations

BY ROHIT T. AGGARWALA Eno Board of Advisors, Special Advisor, Bloomber Philanthropy United States public transit faces a paradox:...

The Future of the Northeast Corridor

BY RICHARD J. LORBON Chief, NEC Infrastructure and Investment Development, Amtrak The National Passenger Railroad Corporation...

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