Grants totaling $291 million will support 11 projects in nine states that will repair, replace or rehabilitate publicly owned or controlled railroad assets.

FRA’s SOGR Grant Awardees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is distributing $291 million in grants among 11 projects under its FY 2020 Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair (SOGR) Program.

The VPRA, established earlier this year under Virginia law, is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. Among them: Charles “Wick” Moorman, retired Chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern and former co-CEO of Amtrak.

Report: Virginia Passenger Rail Authority Launched

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) met this week to discuss its new responsibilities of promoting and expanding passenger rail service in the Commonwealth, according to reports.

WMATA CEO proposes expanded service, no fare hikes for FY2020

Washington’s Metro system wants to hold the line on fare hikes while proposing expanded rail service as part of a fiscal 2020 budget proposal.

Amtrak Roanoke

Virginia to study Amtrak extension

A state study is planned on the potential cost of extending passenger rail service into Southwest Virginia.

Amtrak, NS, Commonwealth of Virginia embark on service extension to Roanoke

Amtrak, Norfolk Southern, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the City of Roanoke have joined together to start work to extend Amtrak regional intercity passenger rail service from Lynchburg to Roanoke, the “Star City.”