The North Carolina DOT (pictured) has received a grant to purchase right-of-way that will help it provide future high-speed rail service to the Southeast. It is one of many recently announced as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Another Step Closer to North Carolina/Virginia HrSR

A $47.55 million grant has been awarded to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the purchase of CSX’s S-Line rail corridor from Raleigh to Ridgeway, N.C., near the Virginia state line, which will eventually contribute to higher-speed rail (HrSR) service to the Southeast.

$25.8 million for TOD: FTA

The Federal Transit Administration has made available $25.8 million in competitive grant funds to support TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) projects.

Savannah rail projects FASTer to intermodal

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.

  • News

Senators Thune and Wicker receive Golden Spike Award for FAST Act

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.

  • C&S

The year ahead in Washington

Washington is a rat hole worth watching because, as the politically savvy know, lawmakers and regulators can inflict unexpected, unprovoked and unjustified wounds.

  • M/W

Rep. Peterson’s office tours PortaCo’s Moorhead facility

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.