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.

July 30, 2015 9:52 a.m. – House and Senate Almost Over DRIVE

July 30, 2015 The Senate today is expected to pass both short-term and longer-term surface transportation legislation that will lay...

Senators Introduce Amtrak Bill; Homeland Funding and STB Reauthorization Advance

June 19, 2015 Since yesterday morning’s regular issue of Eno Transportation Weekly came out, three important things have...

What Does the Amtrak Incident Tell Us About How We Can Improve Safety?

We still do not know the cause of the Amtrak crash that killed 8 people and injured 200. But this has not stopped people from...

1978 White House Strategy Memo on Trucking and Rail Deregulation Proposals

May 13, 2015 Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the 35th anniversary of the Staggers Rail...

1975 White House Freight Rail Assistance Decision Memo

May 8, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is from 40 years ago - the briefing papers prepared for President Ford in late...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Virginia’s Commitment to Transit Funding Creates a Wealth of New Projects Benefiting the Commonwealth

Virginia has a long history of commitment to mass transit. The Washington, D.C. region's Metro system, the result of a 1967 interstate...

White House Transmits New GROW AMERICA Bill to Congress

March 30, 2015 Today, the Obama Administration transmitted the 2015 version of its GROW AMERICA surface transportation reauthorization...

1977 President Carter Handwritten Note to Sec. Adams Opposing New Subway Systems

March 24, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week first came to light this week in 1977, when President Carter sent a...

Funding for freight can be a critical element for the next transportation bill

The United States currently lacks a comprehensive national freight policy. Over the past several years, there has been extensive...

2015: Year of Opportunity for Federal Transportation Policy?

As we look back on 2014, it is hard to draw many positive conclusions about recent progress on federal transportation policy. Congress...

FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Up For House Vote Today

December 11, 2014 – 8:45 A.M. Omnibus.  House leaders are proceeding on the omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 83) as if they...

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