U.S., Florida: Miami-Dade County commissioners approve access fee for Brightline commuter line

By Matthew Arrojas, Reporter, South Florida Business Journal; November 13, 2020 Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a 90-year access agreement with Brightline,…

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U.S., Florida: To pay for upkeep, preservationists want more businesses in Tampa Union Station

By Paul Guzzo, Tampa Bay Times; November 13, 2020 TAMPA — Preservationists saved historic Tampa Union Station two decades ago…

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U.S., Michigan: Is Ann Arbor-Traverse City Train Plan Still On Track?

By Craig Manning, The Traverse Ticker; November 8, 2020 A project aimed at revitalizing passenger rail in northern Michigan is…

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U.S., Central Florida: SunRail partners vote to force extension to DeLand

By Al Everson, The West Volusia Beacon; November 9, 2020 Over the objections of Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley, the…

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U.S., New York: New Buffalo Amtrak station opens downtown, handling curtailed runs amid pandemic

By Thomas J. Prohaska, The Buffalo News; November 8, 2020 Passengers are few these days, but Amtrak’s rail service in…

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U.S., District of Columbia: Washington Union Station badly needs updates. Here’s why fixing it is so complicated.

By George Kevin Jordan, Managing Editor, Greater Greater Washington; November 10, 2020 Union Station in DC is a key transportation…

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U.S.: Rail Industry ‘Ready to Work’ With President-Elect Biden

By Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor, Railway Age Magazine; November 9, 2020 With Joe Biden preparing to take the oath of office as…

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U.S., New England: CSX Wants Pan-Am. Norfolk Southern Says ‘Not So Fast’

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-In-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; November 9, 2020 Shades of the battle between CSX and Norfolk Southern…

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U.S.: Congressman Donald Payne will seek chairmanship of key transportation subcommittee

By David Wildstein, New Jersey Globe; November 5, 2020 A New Jersey congressman is seeking the chairmanship of a powerful…

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Canada: CGI to assist VIA Rail Canada in the implementation of a new reservation system

A press release from CGI, Inc.; November 4, 2020: MONTRÉAL, Nov. 4, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE:…

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U.S.: Train travel is experiencing its own version of the ‘RV effect’

By Jeri Clausing, Travel Weekly; November 4, 2020 As travelers seek close-to-home and private options to travel in the pandemic,…

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U.S.: Minnesota funding for second train to Chicago thwarted

By Janet Moore, Star Tribune; November 4, 2020 Supporters of a proposed second round-trip train between the Twin Cities and…

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U.S.: Amtrak Is Giving You the Whole Car with Private Train Charters

By LeVar Thomas, Stupid Dope; November 5, 2020 You have been wondering what to do for a socially distanced holiday.…

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U.S., Central Florida Editorial: SunRail’s potential can be realized without DeLand on board

By The Editorial Board, Orlando Sentinel; October 31, 2020 SunRail leaders have had few reasons to smile in recent months.…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Brightline West launches rail project website

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; October 30, 2020 Brightline Holdings, the developer of the proposed high-speed rail line between Southern California…

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U.S.: Las Vegas-California high-speed rail project hits snag

By Bryan Horwath, Las Vegas Sun; November 2, 2020 Construction of a high-speed passenger train from Las Vegas to San…

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U.S. – Inspector general: More Amtrak safety workers need drug testing

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; October 29, 2020 Amtrak conducts random drug tests on conductors and engineers but fails to…

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U.S.: California ballot measure ask voters to decide on dedicated funding for Caltrain

By Liz Carey, Transportation Today; October 29, 2020 A ballot measure before voters in three counties in California on Nov. 3 would…

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U.S., Oregon/California: I Took an Overnight Train During the Pandemic — Here’s What I Learned

By Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure; October 29, 2020 As soon as I stepped into the boarding line at…

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U.S., California/Nevada: Brightline reveals more details about Vegas-to-Los Angeles high-speed rail line

By Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal; October 25, 2020 As the long-discussed high-speed rail system between Las Vegas and Southern…

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U.S.: Freight rail benefits from intercity passenger rail grants

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; October 28, 2020 The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $291 million to 11…

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U.S. Report: Virginia Passenger Rail Authority Launched

By Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor, Railway Age Magazine; October 28, 2020 The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) met this week to discuss…

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U.S., Indiana: Construction begins on $945 Million Northwest Indiana commuter train line

By Ethan May, Indianapolis Star; October 28, 2020 Construction is getting underway on what Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb calls the largest…

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U.S., Minnesota: Bonding bill snub holds up second Amtrak train between St. Paul and Chicago

By Deanna Weniger, Pioneer Press; October 27, 2020 A proposed second train between St. Paul and Chicago will be delayed…

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U.S.: Amtrak in October… what’s going to happen now?

Commentary By Russ Jackson; October 28, 2020 Editor’s Note: Russ Jackson is the distinguished retired editor of the Western Rail…

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