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.

1976 Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act

Text of Public Law 94-210, the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976.

1972 Volpe Memo to Ehrlichman on Penn Central Bankruptcy

A July 19, 1972 memo from Transportation Secretary Volpe to President Nixon's top domestic policy aide, John Ehrlichman, describing the...

1978 (Nov.) White House Decision on WMATA System Length

November 16, 1978 memo to President Carter asking him to settle a disagreement between DOT, OMB, and the White House Domestic Policy...

FY 1978 WMATA Budget Amendment

Memo from OMB to President Carter dated June 24, 1977 requesting that he approve two amendments to the FY 1978 budget request adding an...

1966 (May-June) Memos to LBJ on WMATA Compact Legislation

June 2, 1966 memo from White House senior policy adviser Joseph Califano, Jr. to President Johnson that forwards a May 31, 1966 letter...

1966 WMATA Compact – Enrolled Bill Memo

Memo presented to President Johnson on October 31, 1966, summarizing the views of Administration officials on the enrolled bill S....

2010 Draft Administration Surface Transportation Bill – Section-by-Section Summary

Undated section-by-section summary of a draft surface transportation reauthorization bill produced by the Department of Transportation...

FY 2015 USDOT Budget Estimates for the Federal Railroad Administration

Detailed budget estimates for FRA as part of the FY 2015 budget request.

House Highway Markup Likely Slipping To First Week of October

September 18, 2015 With the Senate having passed a three-year surface transportation reauthorization bill (which aspires to be a...

GAO Issues New Report Showing Just How Badly Most Railroads Will Miss Dec. 31 PTC Deadline

September 18, 2015 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report analyzing the deadline for the implementation of...

Senate Commerce Holds Feinberg Nomination Hearing

September 18, 2015 Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to consider the...

1970 Rail Passenger Service Act – Enrolled Bill Memo

Memo and letters presented to President Nixon relating to the enrolled bill H.R. 17849, the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, which...

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