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U.S. streetcar revivals are well-established in the West, with the mode firmly entrenched in Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., Portland, Ore., and San Francisco—the latter city never surrendering the mode in the first place. Now San Francisco neighbor and chief rival Oakland is weighing a decision to ...
China’s dismissal February 12 of Liu Zhijun, chief of the Chinese Railway Ministry, has raised concerns over the safety and quality of the nation’s fast-growing high speed rail network. Liu was fired for what the government called “severe violations of discipline,” interpret ...
The R.J. Corman Railroad Group Friday announced that Kelley Anderson has joined the group as vice president of Strategic Sales and Marketing, reporting directly to President Tammie Taylor. Anderson will lead the sales team for the R.J. Corman family of companies. Mike Hahn has accepted ...
The House of Representatatives Thursday approved cuts of various sizes for various government programs, but rejected a proposal to cut $446.9 million in Amtrak funding for the current fiscal year 2011. ...
U.S. freight carload traffic for the week ending February 12 rose 6.2% from the comparable week in 2010, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday. U.S. intermodal volume also gained, rising a substantial 18.5% for the week compared with a year ago. ...
Houston’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Wednesday it has received $14 million from Spanish firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. (CAF), as part of its settlement with the company involving a contract dispute. ...
In a proposed rulemaking, approved by the Surface Transportation Board Wednesday, the STB is moving to reduce filing fees for shipper complaints to $350 from a current maximum of $20,000. STB would implement a new fee schedule that would charge shippers $350 to file a rate or unreasonable practice c ...

Negative reaction was swiftly forthcoming. “Governor Scott rejected billions of federal dollars that would have created jobs and supercharged Florida’s tourism industry,” said Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “Instead, he placed short-sighted partisan politics above people’s transportation needs and job creation. Governor Scott’s true motivations were reflected in his partisan statements criticizing President Obama.”

APTAPresident William Millar was more circumspect in issuing the following statement:

“Whilerecent attention has focused on three states (Florida, Wisconsin, and Ohio) returningtheir federal grants for high speed rail, the facts are that 28 states areforging ahead in planning and implementing high speed and intercity passengerrail improvements. These states recognize the critical importance of investingto create a modern, intermodal 21st century transportation system toaccommodate expected population and economic growth. Thisinvestment is expanding the rail industry in the United States and will lead tohundreds of thousands of much-needed American jobs. High speed rail will be aneconomic boon to the communities and states it serves and will help relievehighway and aviation congestion in many corridors. Americais expected to grow dramatically in the next several decades. We must makeinfrastructure investments now just as President Eisenhower did in the1950s in creating the interstate highway system. President Obama and thegovernors of these 28 states are to be congratulated for their vision.”

 

 

 

--> In a development that stunned the global railway community, Florida’s Tea Party-leaning Gov. Rick Scott (pictured) announced Wednesday morning that he is turning down $2.3 billion in promised federal grants to help build a high speed rail link between Orlando and Tampa and eventually to ...
Michael L. Pourney has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Louis, Mo.-based Gross & Janes Co., the largest independent supplier and shipper of untreated railroad ties in North America. His appointment is effective immediately. ...
In a move Monday aimed partially at countering talk of cost-cutting, Amtrak said it hopes to purchase 40 Acela Express coach cars in fiscal year 2012 for its high speed service on the Northeast Corridor. The proposal is part of Amtrak’s $2.22 billion budget request submitted to Congress. ...
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