Delivering for America
When it comes to moving goods across the country and to other countries, freight rail is an essential link in the American supply chain, linking factories, farms, and power plants to retailers and consumers.
Every aspect of the American economy is affected by the enormous shifts occurring in the rail business. We need updated federal policies that can handle the realities and difficulties of the modern world.
The federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) needs to implement changes that will make the U.S. freight rail system more competitive and reliable immediately.
The Rail Customer Coalition (RCC) is a sizable coalition of business groups that collectively represent several corporations in the industrial, agricultural, and energy sectors that rely on railroads to provide consistent and inexpensive service to compete on the world stage. Their members are vital to the prosperity of the American economy since they have facilities and workers all across the country. They account for more than 7 million jobs and generate over $4.8 trillion annually.
As the greatest consumers of freight rail, members of the RCC play a crucial role in the transportation system. They make up more than 75% of the revenue earned by railways and ship more than 50% of all freight.
That would be the SmartAsset staff. The financial analytics business analyzed Census Bureau data to determine which public transit systems performed best across the country. When compared to Metro, it was the winner. In second position was San Francisco, followed by Boston, Chicago, and finally New York City.
Washington’s Metro system is great because it can endure a downward trend in ridership, a safety record so bad the federal government has to intervene, a year of searching for a new general manager, and a string of high-profile crimes like Tuesday’s midday shooting on the Green Line and still be ranked as the best in the United States.
Additionally, we were able to replicate these findings using a dartboard, so we know they are correct. Even though Buffalo, New York, is frequently ranked last, it comes in dead last here. (Except for winter, of course; Tripping knows full well that the good people of Buffalo will reassure him that at least the city’s public transportation system keeps running even when it snows.)
There will undoubtedly be some Metro users who are taken aback by these positions. We can imagine that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is just as taken aback by this news as the rest of us.
Financial technology firm SmartAsset, headquartered in New York City, claims to offer “transparent, automated, and accurately advise on major personal financial decisions.” True, it has articles discussing topics like “The Best Cities for Beer Drinking” and “The Economics of Craft Beer” on its website. I couldn’t agree more.
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Maryland Region Regional Commuter (MARC) are two of the commuter rail services that serve the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Just before the epidemic, MARC and VRE carried an average of around 40,000 and 20,000 passengers per day, respectively.
VRE runs on the Manassas Line and the Fredericksburg Line between Union Station in Washington, DC, and stations in Virginia. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) have collaborated on VRE (PRTC). To learn more, visit vre.org.
Using its Penn, Camden, and Brunswick lines, MARC connects Washington, DC’s Union Station to various stations in Maryland. The three lines run on weekdays, with the Penn Line also operating on weekends. In Maryland, MARC is managed by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), which is part of the state’s DOT. MTA runs a variety of public transportation systems in Maryland, including MARC as well as local bus, commuter bus, light rail, and subway services. Visit mta.maryland.gov/marc-train for details.