U.S.: North Carolina gets federal grant to buy corridor for Raleigh-Richmond high-speed rail

By Richard Stradling, The News & Observer; September 18, 2020 RALEIGH The effort to establish high-speed passenger rail service between…

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U.S.: California’s scaled-back high-speed rail plan faces doubts amid financial crunch

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times (TNS), Herald-Mail Media; September 10, 2020 LOS ANGELES — It was just last year…

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U.S.: Amtrak CEO Pleads With Congress for Billions in Covid-19 Aid; $5 Billion Total to Keep Long Distance Trains Daily

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg Politics; September 9, 2020 Amtrak’s chief executive pleaded with House lawmakers Wednesday to approve $2.84 billion…

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Canada, Manitoba: Churchill train travel on track

By Sarah Lawrynuik, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press/Thompson Citizen; September 8, 2020 Manitoba’s chief public health officer has…

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U.S.: United States Department of Transportation Releases National Freight Strategic Plan

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; September 4, 2020 The United States Department of Transportation has released a…

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U.S.: Class I CEOs respond to FRA-STB’s letter on service issues

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; September 3, 2020 Several Class I chief executives this week responded to letters they received last…

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U.S., Virginia/District of Columbia: Long Bridge Project Reaches Critical Milestone

A press release from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; September 3, 2020: ~ Completion of Environmental Planning…

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Canada, Ontario: No funding, no rail service

By Northern Ontario Business Staff, SooToday.com; September 2, 2020 Montreal’s Genesee & Wyoming Canada announced that its northeastern Ontario short-line…

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Central America: Mexico rolling on with prolific portfolio of passenger rail projects

From Bnamericas; August 21, 2020 Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) passenger railway portfolio could eventually include more than…

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Canada, Alberta Opinion: Take Alberta back to the future by expanding passenger rail service

By Jacquie Fenske, Edmonton Journal; August 13, 2020 To empower our communities, unite our province, and grow our economy, Alberta…

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U.S.: Solving bridge bottleneck seen as key step for Virginia’s rail renaissance

By Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network; August 12, 2020 Pedestrians, riders on horseback and stagecoaches flocked to the Long Bridge…

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U.S.: Labor unions press Class I railroads on healthcare benefits

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; August 11, 2020 Twelve rail unions have banded together to sue the Class I railroads…

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U.S.: Judge orders firms to continue building Purple Line amid cost disputes with Maryland

By Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post; August 11, 2020 A Maryland judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the…

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U.S., Surface Transportation Board defers decision in Chicago Metra-Union Pacific dispute over commuter-rail service

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; August 11, 2020 The Surface Transportation Board (STB) last week declined to intervene in an ongoing…

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U.S., Montana: Butte-Silver Bow becomes third county to formally join passenger rail effort

By Mike Smith, Montana Standard; August 6, 2020 Butte-Silver Bow has officially joined a multi-county authority to help facilitate and…

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U.S., Minnesota: Northstar route to St. Cloud could take up to 7 years, cost more than $250 million

By Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times; August 5, 2020 ST. PAUL — It may cost between $36 million and $257 million…

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Canada, Ontario: Passenger rail backer wants access to Ontario Northland’s business plan

By Ian Ross, Northern Ontario Business; July 30, 2020 Trying to get access to the nitty gritty details behind Queen’s…

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U.S.: Rail stakeholders consider pressing for tax subsidies to scrap railcars

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; July 31, 2020 Industry stakeholders are considering options to relieve the railcar supply glut amid…

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Canada and Europe: EU clears Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier rail unit

By The Associated Press, New Haven Register; July 31, 2020 BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has given its go-ahead…

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U.S., California and Nevada – STEVE SEBELIUS: Tax-free bonds turn Vegas-to-Victorville train dream into reality

By Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal; August 1, 2020 After decades of talk, planning and dashed dreams, it appears the…

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Canada, Manitoba – Line to Churchill needs more funding: owners

By Dylan Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press; July 27, 2020 OTTAWA — The railway to Churchill needs even more government funding…

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U.S., Washington, D.C.: Planners and business groups blast Union Station plans for having too much parking

By Alex Holt, Maryland Correspondent, Greater Greater Washington; July 24, 2020 Union Station, the nexus of travel for more than…

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U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra, At Odds With Union Pacific, Petitions Surface Transportation Board

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; July 21, 2020 Chicago’s Metra commuter rail agency on July 21 asked…

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Canada, Ontario: Northern Policy Institute think tank criticized for report of Northern passenger rail service

By Elaine Della-Mattia, The Sault Star; July 21, 2020 A recently released Northern Policy Institute report suggests that regularly scheduled…

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