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.

Senate Deciding Whether To Take Up Highway Bill

July 22, 2015 At this hour (late Wednesday afternoon), the Senate is waiting to hold a “re-vote” on a procedural motion to take...

Senate Rail Hearing Focuses On Pushing Back PTC Deadline

January 28, 2015 Earlier today, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on freight rail...

CBO Baseline For Overall Transportation Spending

January 28, 2015 The primary users of the baseline data from this week’s Congressional Budget Office baseline are the House and...

Lessons Learned from TIGER Discretionary Grant Program

Lessons Learned from the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program looks at key players involved in the creation and sustaining of the program...

Administration Proposes Revised 6-Year, $478 Billion GROW AMERICA Surface Reauthorization

February 4, 2015 President Obama proposed a six-year, $478.3 billion surface transportation spending plan as part of his fiscal 2016...

President Submits $94.7 Billion FY16 USDOT Budget

February 4, 2015 The budget request for fiscal 2016 for much of the Department of Transportation is hard to separate from the...

Commerce Hearing Addresses Transpo Network Performance Issues

February 4, 2015 Last week on January 29, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation’s Subcommittee on...

Reps. Hahn, Poe Re-Introduce Freight Fund Legislation

February 19, 2015 Last July, while many transportation enthusiasts were closely watching the unfolding drama of...

House T&I Easily Approves Passenger Rail Reauthorization Bill

February 19, 2015 The House of Representatives’ bipartisan passenger rail reauthorization bill (H.R. 749) easily passed through...

Foxx Testifies At House T&I On Need For GROW AMERICA Act

February 11, 2015 This morning, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing on surface transportation...

New FRA Report Details PTC Implementation Woes

August 12, 2015 Last Friday afternoon, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) submitted a report to Congress detailing the...

House Passes Compromise FY15 Homeland Approps. Bill With Veto-Bait Immigration Riders

January 14, 2015 The House of Representatives earlier today passed a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal...

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