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Armed with $7.4 million in federal stimulus package funding to implement a Bus Rapid Transit line this year, Reno, Nev., is also looking to supplement, and eventually replace, BRT with streetcar operations.

Reno Economic Development Director John Hester justifies the plan by noting rail systems foster private investment. “I think it would be a major transformation of that whole corridor,” Hester said. “Sometimes putting in rail really makes investment happen.”

The City Council wants Virginia Street to accommodate buses, street cars, eventually trains, and other motor vehicles, he said.  "The council also wants a new Virginia Street bridge strong enough for rail cars. Eventually, a light railline would run from the University of Nevada campus to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center,” Hester said.

Hester cites the success of Portland, Ore.’s growing streetcar network as a model for his city. 

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California’s Assembly has passed a bill directing the Golden State’s Department of Transportation to pursue Amtrak service to San Francisco. The state seeks to route such trains though Altamont Pass, currently used by Altamont Commuter Express trains and by owner Union Pacific, which has expressed strong reservations about the proposal. The bill also directs the state to negotiate with BNSF.

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Amtrak current serves San Francisco by connecting busservice to and from Oakland and Emeryville, Calif., on the east side of San Francisco Bay. Those cities are served by Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin services, as well as the long-distance Coast Starlight; Emeryville also hosts Amtrak’s California Zephyr.

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Trinity Industries issued a report late Wednesday describing its first-quarter results as “positive,” with net income of $33.9 million, or 43 cents per common diluted share, compared with net income of $63.8 million or 78 cents per share in the first quarter of 2008. Trinity said first-q ...
Nothing is simple on Capitol Hill, not even compromise, which is how the vast majority of legislation that makes its way to the President’s desk for signing is arrived at. For the past few weeks, the railroads and shippers have been working closely with the staffs of the House Tra ...
A program called E-Railsafe, described as “a brainchild of Union Pacific,” is working on railroads throughout the U.S. and Canada to help ensure that third-party contractors implement recommended safety and security procedures. As described by Union Pacific in an announcemen ...
The U.S short line tax credit is designed to help keep small railroads strong, and how it is doing this is illustrated in an earnings report released Wednesday by the Genesee & Wyoming (GWI), the nation's second largest operator of short line and regional railroads. ...
CN President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison announced Wednesday that Luc Jobin will become executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company on June 1 . Jobin, who has recently served as executive vice president of Power Corporation of Canada, will succeed Claude Mongeau, ...
Kansas City Southern is adding intermodal rail service to Puerta México, a new multi-modal facility in Toluca, México. ...
The retail giant Walmart has selectded BNSF Logistics as the winner of its “2008 Fixture/Construction Carrier of the Year” award. Kelly Abney, vice president of transportation for Walmart, said BNSF Logistics’ “overal ...
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its estimated deficit for the current year has increased by $621 million since the MTA board approved a budget in December that was designed to close a deficit then projected to be $1.2 billion. ...
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