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PRRIA passes House; Amtrak-killing amendment squashed; Denham dances over California HSR implications
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 4, 2015 passed the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA, H.R.749) “with widespread bipartisan support,” according to Railroads, Pipelines and…
Hedlund joins Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen J. Hedlund has joined Parsons Brinckerhoff as Director of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s). In her new position, she will work with federal, state, and…
HNTB names Townes transit market sector leader
Transit industry veteran Michael Townes has joined HNTB Corp. as senior vice president and national transit market sector leader. He is based in the firm’s Arlington, Va., office and works…
Passenger trains: Between Barack and a hard place
Only a damned fool would beg Congress for passenger rail funding, trapping in amber the status quo. With tax-and-spend hostile Republicans in control of the House and Senate until at…
California HSR project breaks ground
California's long-anticipated and controversial plan to build a high speed rail system linking San Francisco with Los Angeles got under way on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 with a groundbreaking ceremony…
CHSRA readies HSR groundbreaking
Fresno, Calif., will host groundbreaking ceremonies Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, marking the start of construction for California's ambitious intrastate high speed rail system.
STB grants CHSRA preemption request
The Surface Transportation Board issued a declaratory order per request by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to limit injunctions against California's intrastate high speed rail project through use of…
FRA green-lights CBOSS PTC
The Federal Railroad Administration has given Caltrain the green light to proceed with the installation and testing of its CBOSS (Caltrain Communications Based Overlay Signal System) Positive Train Control (PTC)…
Amtrak’s Coscia to Congress: Rail requires a trust fund
In order to fund long-term capital investments in intercity rail service, Congress “should focus on . . . providing predictable, dedicated funding to develop and implement capital investments for the…
Advocates release Ontario HSR study
A "previously unreleased" high speed rail pre-feasibility study was highlighted on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 by High Speed Rail Canada, an advocacy group, which urged the Ontario provincial government to…
CP files claim over Wisconsin HrSR work
Canadian Pacific was scheduled to appear before the Wisconsin Claims Board on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, arguing for compensation for preparatory higher-speed rail (HrSR) work it performed on its rights-of-way…
Bombardier bypasses next Amtrak HSR order
Bombardier Inc., a tenacious fighter in landing the first Amtrak Acela Express contract at the turn of the century, announced it will not compete for Amtrak's next-generation order of high…
FRA mulls HSR "Buy America" waiver
The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 it intends to grant both Amtrak and the California High-Speed Rail Authority waivers from its "Buy America" requirement for the non-domestic…
Caltrain electrification costs, timeframe increase
The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board on Nov. 11, 2014 received updated information about a higher projected cost and extended timeframe for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP), which includes…
Post-election: Railroads look OK; rail labor, Amtrak not so good
What does Senate Republican control and the largest House Republican majority since the 1940s mean for railroad reregulation, Amtrak’s future, high- and higher-speed rail, transit funding, Positive Train Control (PTC),…
Jim Squires: “Look to—if not over—the horizon”
Keynote remarks by Norfolk Southern President James A. Squires, at Railway Age’s 21st Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference.
California HSR phase 2 draws three bidders
Three consortia submitted sealed bids late Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), expressing interest in overseeing construction of the second leg of the state's proposed…
Al Engel: “A learned passion—each train wreck has a story and a lesson”
Remarks by 2014 W. Graham Claytor Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation recipient Al Engel at Railway Age’s 21st Passenger Trains on Freight Railroad Conference, Oct. 29, 2014.
Amtrak sets FY 2014 revenue record
Amtrak on Oct. 27, 2014 said it posted record ticket revenues for the Fiscal Year 2014 ending Sept. 30, and achieved slight increase in ridership over the prior fiscal year,…
Top Calif. court spurns latest HSR challenge
California' State Supreme Court on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 rejected the latest challenge to the Golden State's proposed 700-mile high speed rail project, clearing the way for initial construction.
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