The Federal Transit Administration has made available $25.8 million in competitive grant funds to support TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) projects.
The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) released on Dec. 8 its letter to President-elect Trump.
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on November 29 issued a final rule implementing passenger rail-related dispute resolution provisions of Title XI of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (“FAST Act”), Pub. L. No. 114-94.
The Georgia Ports Authority announced on July 6 it has received a $44 million Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase rail capacity at the Port of Savannah.
U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) were honored with a prestigious award conferred by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) on April 12, 2016 at the organization’s annual Congressional Reception. The “Golden Spike” Award is given to individuals who promote and help advance the cause of American passengers. The award was presented to the senators for their leadership in passing the bipartisan Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the first comprehensive surface transportation bill to include passenger trains.
Washington is a rat hole worth watching because, as the politically savvy know, lawmakers and regulators can inflict unexpected, unprovoked and unjustified wounds.
On Feb. 8, 2016, Congressman Collin Peterson’s (D-MN-7) Chief of Staff, Allison Myhre, and Economic Development Officer, Toni Merdan, joined representatives from PortaCo to tour its Moorhead, Minn. facility, learn about its various maintenance-of-way and railroad tools, and discuss public policy priorities for the business and rail communities in western Minnesota. The Railway Engineering-Maintenance and Suppliers Association (REMSA), a non-profit trade group representing over 350 railway engineers, contractors, consultants, and M/W suppliers across the country, coordinated the event. The $5 billion M/W industry supports over 35,000 jobs nationwide. Locally, PortaCo employs 17 individuals.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is suing Amtrak in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts after the two companies failed to reach agreement on new, vastly increased access fees for MBTA commuter trains operating between Attleboro, Mass., at the Rhode Island border, and Providence, R.I., on the Northeast Corridor.
After years of delays and extensions, a multi-year surface transportation bill is finally in place. Will it deliver on the advertised?
The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) announced Jan. 12, 2016 the creation of the International Urban Rail Platform for North America, which will bring together key rail industry players from the region and the rest of the world.