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STB backs CHSRA second segment The Surface Transportation Board has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority "is authorized to construct a 114-mile high-speed passenger rail line between Fresno and Bakersfield, Cal., subject to environmental mitigation conditions," thus giving the state's high speed rail effort more momentum.

“Don’t believe the New York Times or the train haters who cite it: High speed rail is not an $11 billion failure.” So says TIME magazine Senior National Correspondent Michael Grunwald in an editorial sharply and mostly accurately skewering The...
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The National Association of Railroad Passengers announced on August 8, 2014 that Jim Mathews will join the organization as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mathews will take over the role from Acting President Larry Scott on Sept. 8, 2014. Previously the...
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Mexican officials have declared their intent to establish high speed rail spanning 130 miles between the nation's capital, Mexico City, and the city of Queretaro, to the northwest of the capital, in roughly two hours at top speeds of 186...
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Caltrain’s board of directors on August 6, 2014, approved a $43.6 million capital budget that will provide funding for bridge repair work in San Mateo, new safety improvements on the rail system, and station modifications to accommodate longer trains. The capital...
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A California appeals court has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) can proceed with up to $8 billion in state bond sales for the proposed $68 billion system proposed to span the Golden State. The ruling by the Third Appellate...

chsra-funding-plan-clears-court-hurdle
A California appeals court has ruled that the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) can proceed with up to $8 billion in state bond sales for the proposed $68 billion system proposed to span the Golden State. The ruling by the Third Appellate...
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According to analyst Eshna Basu of The Motley Fool, “the General Electric-Alstom deal could create the world’s largest rail equipment maker.” Basu’s analysis follows GE’s multi-billion-dollar purchase of Alstom’s power business last month—a deal that includes Alstom’s acquisition of GE...
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All Aboard Florida will launch service in late 2016 as planned, but initially will operate trains linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, on the southern section of its planned overall system. All Aboard Florida on Tuesday, July 8, unveiled...
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Amtrak said Wednesday, July 2, 2014 it has officially issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to 28 next-generation high speed trainsets to replace its current Acela Express equipment on the Northeast Corridor (NEC). Amtrak expects the new gear to...
With regard to Missouri’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Roy Blunt, we invoke urban slang from cranky New Yorkers, and their brethren across the Hudson in New Jersey, to suggest that they “fuggetaboutit.” With major passenger railroad stations...