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How private enterprise can strengthen Amtrak
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) has made no secret of his disdain for Amtrak, often referring to it as our “Soviet style rail system.”
The public interest in continued rail service
In Abraham Lincoln’s day, the Illinois Central line linking Chicago with Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis was preferred for passenger service because, of the five major lines that connected the…
2012 PASSENGER RAIL OUTLOOK: In troubled times, still growing
In long-range perspective, the story of North American passenger rail is one of extraordinary growth. The story isn’t over.
Passenger rail’s modal percentage potential: How high is up?
What's passenger rail's potential modal split in the U.S.? That's something to ponder as rail transit gathers strength in an auto-dependent nation during the 21st century. Even ardent pro-rail advocates…
At CHSRA, CEO resigns, chair steps down
California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Thomas J. Umberg announced Thursday that CEO Roelof van Ark had resigned from the authority, effective in two months.
Amtrak president recaps FY12 plans
Covering little if any new ground for regular rail industry observers, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman on Jan. 12 highlighted the company’s plan to begin acquiring 70 electric locomotives and 130…
Calif. governor hailed for HSR support
The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, Thomas J. Umberg, on Thursday released a statement praising Gov. Jerrry Brown, following the unveiling of the governors’ 2012-13…
LaHood grants Illinois funds for HrSR
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday formally awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for its higher-speed rail project (HrSR), saying the project will reduce travel…
U.S. HSR: Ready or not?
Optimists insist the U.S. is finally poised to join the world’s “true” high speed rail club. Skeptics say a hostile Congress could make that advance more difficult. Both may be…
LaHood, in testimony, defends HSR
Ignoring or perhaps outright challenging Congress’ decision to eliminate U.S. high speed rail funding, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday vigorously defended the concept in testimony before the House Transportation…
Poll: Californians reconsider HSR support
A poll published Tuesday by the Sacramento Bee indicates declining support for California’s high speed rail proposal among the state’s citizenry, which voted to approve the attempt three years ago.
DOT grants $928.6 million for California HSR
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Tuesday formally awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for phase 1 ofconstruction of California high speed rail. The move comes even…
Seeking true high speed rail for the Northeast
Amtrak Sept. 28 unveiled an ambitious vision for "Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service" in the Northeast, superseding and complementing its existing Northeast Corridor, and designed to dramatically reduce travel times between…
Why passenger rail—and Amtrak—are vital to America
When the private freight railroads desperately wanted out of the passenger rail business, Congress saw the need for a single national passenger rail service provider with a mission to improve…
100 years of growth
As New York Penn Station marks a century of service, planners are gearing up for the next 100 years. A century ago, the Pennsylvania Railroad was in the midst of one…
China claims high-speed signaling sale
Amid international speculation that its $300 billion high-speed rail program has been seriously damaged by faulty technology and a crash that killed 40 people (pictured), an announcement from Beijing on…
China claims high speed signaling sale
Amid international speculation that its $300 billion high speed rail program has been seriously damaged by faulty technology and a crash that killed 40 people (pictured), an announcement from Beijing…
New York looks to airport connections
NYC official: Newark Airport rail access is good for New York and the region! It's unlikely that New York City Transit will ever operate subway trains to or from Newark…
Safety : Merging survival and avoidance approaches
Most global passenger rail suppliers accept a basic schism in their marketplace: Europe and most of Asia seek passenger designs based on crash avoidance. U.S. counterparts had to meet crash…
The road to irrelevance is paved with good intentions
A Railway Age editorial I posted on line last in June 2011 about the most recent legislative attempt to break up Amtrak and privatize the pieces drew a 99% favorable…
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