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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…
NJT readies Raritan Valley Line upgrade
Rail riders on New Jersey Transit's Raritan Valley Line will gain direct access to and from New York's Penn Station, a much coveted "one-seat ride," beginning Monday, Jan. 12, 2015,…
Anaheim streetcar assessment release delayed
An environmental assessment of Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC) streetcar plans, set to be released this year, won't be made public until 2015, Anaheim, Calif., city officials said.
Dearborn, Mich., dedicates transit center
Dearborn, Mich. Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. presided at ceremonies Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 marking the debut of the city's new intermodal passenger rail station, the John D. Dingell Transit…
Amtrak readies Vermonter reroute
A long-awaited reroute of Amtrak's Vermonter will commence on Dec. 29, 2014, as the nation's intercity passenger carrier begins serving Greenfield and Northampton, Mass. on a more direct route along…
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…
Movable bridge best-practices
Even with the use of advanced technology, movable bridge machinery on an electrified railway remains a complex combination of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
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…
Learner joins Amtrak Chicago panel
Howard Learner, an attorney who serves as president of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, has joined Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Initiative, a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation…
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