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.

House Highway Bill Markup Schedule Slipping; Still No Plan For Ways and Means Funding Provisions

September 10, 2015 Although members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had been told to “save the date” of...

In the Spotlight: Phil Washington

Phil Washington has served as Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) General Manager since 2009 and, prior to that, he was...

July 27, 2015 11:34 p.m. – Senate Invokes Cloture on DRIVE Act

The U.S. Senate has voted, 62 to 32, to invoke cloture on the DRIVE Act (the surface transportation reauthorization bill offered as...

Senate Hearing Examines Technology’s Evolving Role in Transportation

July 9, 2015 On July 7, 2015, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety...

McConnell Says HTF Legislation Could Come to Senate Floor As Early As Next Week – Scope, Duration Unknown

July 9, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) surprised Capitol Hill yesterday by telling reporters that Highway Trust...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 1626. the Senate Passenger Rail Bill, As Introduced

Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the...

Senate Commerce Panel Approves Passenger Rail Bill

June 25, 2015 In a mark-up session on June 25th, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1626, a...

Senate Passes Bill Making Rail Regulators Independent Once Again

June 25, 2015 The U.S. Senate last week passed, by unanimous consent, the bill S. 808, making the Surface Transportation Board an...

Section-by-Section Summary of the DRIVE Act (S. 1647) As Reported From the EPW Committee

TITLE I – FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A – Authorizations and Programs Sec. 1001. Authorization of appropriations. Authorizes...

Senate Hearing Examines 12/31/2015 Positive Train Control Deadline

June 11, 2015 The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on June 10th about passenger rail safety,...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Offered in the House but Not Adopted

Blackburn (TN) amendment making a 1 percent cut in each amount made available by the bill – failed by a roll call vote of 163...

Transportation Amendments to H.R. 2577 Adopted by the House of Representatives

Bass (CA) amendment to prohibit funds provided by the bill from being used by FTA to implement, administer or enforce 49 CFR...

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