The Railway Supply Institute has a new address: 425 Third Street, S.W., Suite 920, Washington, D.C. 20024.
RSI’s telephone number remains the same at 202-347-4664, asdoes its fax number, 202-346-0047, and its website address, www.rsiweb.org/.
Amtrak, the state of Florida, and federal officials Wednesday reached broad agreement on the sale of CSX right-of-way to Florida as part of the planned SunRail commuter rail service, intended to serve Orlando and central Florida.
Amtrak agreed to drop its objections to a deal for the sale of the tracks, based on concerns over liability. Sale of 61 miles of right-of-way is expected before year’s end.
Florida and Amtrak have yet to resolve some details of the agreement, but “I'm just happy that we’re moving ahead,” said Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno, who serves on the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission.
House Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said the agreement allows SunRail to receive federal funds, “the final step in bringing commuter rail, a vital transportation alternative, to Central Florida.”
SunRail's first phase would link De Bary, Fla., northeast of Orlando, with Sand Lake Road in South Orlando. Trains would begin running by 2013, with construction scheduled to start next year. Federal funds of about $600 million would cover half the anticipated $1.2 billion construction cost, with the state contributing about $300 million and local governments supplying the remainder.
California’s Capitol Corridor, Amtrak’s third-busiest intercity passenger rail service route, has reported a double-digit increase in November ridership, with 10% more travelers compared with the same period last year.
The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), which oversees the route, attributes the ridership increase in large measure to “the end of the state’s ‘Furlough Fridays’ and a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel weekend.”
CCJPA “definitely saw a link between Furlough Fridays and decreased ridership,” Chairman Jim Holmes said. “We expected ridership to grow when Furlough Fridays ended in October, but we were thrilled to see ridership soar to double digits last month. Nearly 143,000 people rode our trains, up from 129,294 customers in 2009.”
CCJPA also attributes increased November ridership to an improved economy, high customer satisfaction ratings, and a 96% on-time performance record, which it says makes the Capitol Corridor the most reliable passenger rail service in the nation.