Transportation | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste


Update on Texas High Speed Rail

The legislative session in Texas ends in less than two weeks, so the legislature has little time left to address the legal ambiguity surrounding the claim by the private company Texas Central Partners, LLC that it has the authority to use imminent domain to seize the land it needs to build a planned high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston.

Coalition Dispels Myths Regarding PFCs

May 8, 2019

Dear Members of Congress,

We write to you today to dispel myths surrounding the airport passenger facility charge (PFC).

Coalition Urges STB to Withdraw Switching Rule

April 30, 2019

Surface Transportation Board 
395 E Street, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20423 

Re: Docket No. EP 711 (Sub-No. 1) 

Dear Chairman Begeman, Vice Chairman Fuchs, and Member Oberman, 

We, the undersigned, wish to congratulate and welcome you to your appointments. The Surface Transportation Board (STB) plays a vital role in the growth of American commerce and we commend your efforts to promote a free flow of commodity traffic to ensure U.S. economic competitiveness in the years to come.

Benefits of 5G

With all the focus on creating a nationwide fifth generation (5G) network, questions often arise about why it is important for the U.S. to lead in 5G development, the benefits of moving to 5G, and why is there a continual push for more spectrum to be made available for 5G.

The Safe Freight Act would slow innovation and put railroads at a competitive disadvantage

Are lawmakers in the 116th Congress again preparing to pick winners and losers in the commercial transportation industry?

Under former President Barack Obama, the Department of Transportation capitulated to the demands on union workers and issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to require all freight rail operations to have at least two members aboard. Fortunately, this rule never went into effect.

CAGW Leads Coalition Letter to DOT Sec. Chao Regarding the Failed California High-Speed Rail Project

February 22, 2019

The Honorable Elaine Chao 
Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. 
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Secretary Chao, 

We, the undersigned organizations, representing millions of taxpayers nationwide, appreciate your leadership and support your efforts to de-obligate $929 million in federal grants not yet paid to the state of California for its high-speed rail project and explore every legal option to get back an additional $2.5 billion in funds already allocated to the state for this purpose.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 116th Congress

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 116th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government.

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases Timeline of California’s Failed High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released a timeline of California’s high-speed rail boondoggle after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) announced that the state would be abandoning the project.

CAGW Recommendations for Trump Administration's Nickel Plan- DOT

November 1, 2018

The Honorable Elaine Chao
Secretary, Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Secretary Chao,

During a meeting on October 17, 2018, President Trump directed you and other members of his Cabinet to cut their department budgets by 5 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2019.  With a national debt of more than $21 trillion and the budget deficit soaring to its highest level since 2012, President Trump’s initiative will help to improve fiscal responsibility.


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CAGW Names Sen. Elizabeth Warren May 2019 Porker of the Month

Sen. Warren is CAGW's Porker of the Month for proposing a taxpayer-funded student loan bailout and "free" college.