Bill would establish freight-rail innovation institute

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.), a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) have introduced a bill called the Freight Rail Innovation Act.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) introduced companion legislation in Senate…

The Freight Rail Innovation Act would carry out a research and development program to:
• develop technologies necessary for the design, development, manufacturing and operation of zero-emission battery and hydrogen-powered freight locomotives;
• develop technologies that enhance freight rail safety, efficiency and utilization; and
• accelerate the deployment of zero-emission locomotives, including passenger locomotives, as well as support supply chains; advance freight and logistics systems and related workforce development and education innovations.