Amtrak says it has ended exploratory talks with New Jersey Transit about reviving the cancelled ARC trans-Hudson commuter rail tunnel.
In a brief statement, Amtrak said: “We’re no longer interested in this project. There were exploratory talks going on with NJT. The talks have stopped. That was commuter rail, and we are interested in intercity rail projects.”
Izmir, Turkey, has placed a $52.7 million order for an undisclosed number of light rail vehicles (LRVs) from China’s CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute Co., Ltd. The LRVs will begin being delivered in June 2012.
According to the English-language edition of People’s Daily, the order is the first where passenger rail vehicles incorporating China’s own intellectual property rights are being sold to “the European market.” Izmir lies on Turkey’s western coast along the Aegean Sea, making its actual location on the Asian continent.
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood had a blunt message Tuesday for states that want to spend their high speed rail grants on highways or rail freight projects: Use the grants for passenger rail or return the money to Washington, said LaHood.