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high-speed rail project California
Funding News May 17, 2019
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced this week that the agency is officially terminating its agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and is canceling the nearly $1 billion in funding for the state's high-speed rail project.   Back in February of this year, the...
Amtrak rail service
Public Transportation News May 07, 2019
Following the success of the previous year, Amtrak is on track for its best year as the company celebrates its 48th year of operations.    Fiscal year ridership is up 1.3% through March over FY18, and Amtrak is heading toward breakeven on an operating earnings basis by FY21. Amtrak has committed to...
positive train control; rail safety
Safety News March 26, 2019
Washington State DOT (WSDOT) officials recently announced the implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology has been fully activated along the Amtrak Cascades corridor, an update put in place in order to prevent future derailments.   The Amtrak Cascades corridor incorporates the Point...
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Funding News February 28, 2019
Amtrak announced this week that it will provide matching funds to enable a federal grant to be awarded for safety and reliability upgrades on the Southwest Chief route in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.   Earlier in the month, Congress passed an appropriations bill which included critical funding...
high-speed rail Texas
High-Speed Rail News February 25, 2019
Construction may begin on the high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston as soon as late 2019 or early 2020, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.   Developer Texas Central Partners is the company behind the proposed bullet train that would transport passengers between two of the...
California high-speed rail
Funding News February 20, 2019
The U.S. DOT announced yesterday that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) intends to cancel $929 million in federal grant funds yet to be paid for the California High-Speed Rail project envisioned to connect the L.A. Basin to the San Francisco Bay Area.   In addition, the department announced...
high-speed rail in Florida
High-Speed Rail News November 29, 2018
Brightline got the go-ahead Wednesday from the state of Florida to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa.   The link envisioned would eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida. The Florida Department of Transportation’s...
high-speed rail
Law News November 21, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule establishing safety standards for railroad passenger equipment.   The rule represents one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century,...
railroad crossing
Funding News October 26, 2018
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced it has committed approximately $700,000 to help Amtrak make safety improvements at the public railroad crossing at Birnie Road in Longmeadow, in the western part of the state.   This funding is expected to cover approximately 90...
high-speed rail
High-Speed Rail News October 24, 2018
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown late last week released a new transportation plan that calls for establishing high-speed rail in the state.   Brown has expressed support for establishing high-speed rail service between Vancouver in British Columbia and Portland. She has directed the Oregon Department of...
high-speed rail
High-Speed Rail News October 12, 2018
High-level transportation officials from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia governments are in the process of discussing what a so-called ultra-high-speed rail line connecting the cities of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver would look like.   The rail discussion is in its infancy, but the...
Railroad upgrades
Transit News October 01, 2018
U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao was joined today by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-IL) and members of the Illinois congressional delegation for a grant announcement marking the award of $132,034,680 to the Illinois Department of Transportation.   The award funds the 75th Street Corridor Improvements and Argo...
Positive Train Control funding
Funding News September 14, 2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) this week announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for positive train control (PTC) systems grants.   This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail...
transit funding
Funding News August 03, 2018
The U.S. Senate yesterday approved a fiscal-year 2019 appropriations bill that provides $16.1 billion for public transit.   The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2019 also dedicates $2.5 billion for intercity passenger-rail grants. The...
Rail transit safety
Law News April 13, 2018
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that recommends the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) strengthen its safety oversight by improving guidance the agency provided to states.   Specifically, GAO suggests the FTA create a plan for developing risk-based inspection guidance...
Positive train control
Safety News February 06, 2018
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the correct implementation of a key train safety feature could have prevented the early Sunday morning Amtrak crash in South Carolina.   Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a press conference that the implementation of Positive Train...
bullet train
High-Speed Rail News January 17, 2018
The estimated cost for the first phase of California's bullet train climbed by 35% on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.   The $2.8 billion price hike for a 119-mile segment in the Central Valley puts the entire cost of the...
train safety
Safety News January 12, 2018
House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation meant to accelerate the implementation of a key train safety feature, a move that follows December’s deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.   The bill, titled the Positive Train Control Implementation and Financing Act, would give railroads...
rail
Transit News January 05, 2018
Full implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems across the nation’s rail network is a top priority of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) in 2018, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a recent statement.   PTC systems are designed to automatically stop a train in...
NTSB
Safety News December 20, 2017
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be looking at driver distraction as a possible cause to the Amtrak 501 derailment over I-5 near Tacoma, Wash.   Badly damaged cameras were recovered from the engineer’s cab and have been sent to the NTSB’s laboratory in Washington, D.C. It...
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