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1970 Preliminary Report on Basic National Rail Passenger System

March 11,2021 This is a preliminary report made by Transportation Secretary John Volpe on November 30, 1970 outlining the endpoint routes that the soon-to-exist National Rail Passenger Corporation would have to...
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1970 ICC Review of Preliminary Report on Basic National Rail Passenger System

March 11,2021 This is a December 29, 1970 report of the Interstate Commerce Commission giving the ICC's review of the October 1970 Preliminary Report on Basic National Rail Passenger System issued by the U.S....
White House “Railpax” Memos, January-March 1970
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White House “Railpax” Memos, January-March 1970

October 28,2020 This PDF file contains a series of internal White House memos, and correspondence between the Department of Transportation and the White House, from January-March 1970 on the subject of DOT's...
Jeff Davis Presentation on Eisenhower and Transportation
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Jeff Davis Presentation on Eisenhower and Transportation

September 15,2020 This is a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation that Eno's Jeff Davis gave at the Capitol Historical Society Heritage Lecture on September 14, 2020 (virtually) on President Eisenhower's transportation...
1953 Buckner Highway Study for Eisenhower
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1953 Buckner Highway Study for Eisenhower

September 15,2020 This is a study of a national system of federal toll roads commissioned by Dwight Eisenhower during his pre-presidential transition in New York City in late 1952. It was written by Walter Buckner, a...
April 1960 BPR Memo on Interstates in Urban Areas
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April 1960 BPR Memo on Interstates in Urban Areas

September 14,2020 This is a memo from the Bureau of Public Roads entitled "Memorandum on the Interstate System in Urban Areas." It was evidently brought by Administrator Bert Tallamy to the pivotal meeting with...
Initiating the Bragdon Highway Study
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Initiating the Bragdon Highway Study

September 14,2020 This PDF file is a collection of documents from the Bureau of the Budget's files in the National Archives about the commencement of a study of the Interstate highway program in 1959.
Clay Committee Report Original Transmittal Letter
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Clay Committee Report Original Transmittal Letter

September 12,2020 This is a PDF of the original letter from the five members of President Eisenhower's "Clay Committee" transmitting their final report on "A 10-Year National Highway Program."
January 1956 White House Meeting with GOP Leaders on Highway Bill
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January 1956 White House Meeting with GOP Leaders on Highway Bill

September 12,2020 This is an internal White House summary of the January 31, 1956 meeting between President Eisenhower, his staff and key Cabinet members with House and Senate Republican leaders. The summary is a...
April 1960 Eisenhower Guidelines on Interstate Highway Construction
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April 1960 Eisenhower Guidelines on Interstate Highway Construction

September 12,2020 This PDF file is a copy of a one-page memorandum dated April 11, 1960 from President Eisenhower to the Secretary of Commerce listing seven guidelines on the future construction of the Interstate...
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