New Congress, New Faces, New Challenges

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; April 16, 2019 LEGISLATIVE REPORT, APRIL 2019 – Knock,…

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Why there will be no more Virgin Trains in Great Britain

By Simon Calder, Travel Correspondent, Independent; April 11, 2019 If you start a ferry firm with no ships, name it…

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Branson says Virgin Trains in the UK could be gone by November after ‘baffling’ Department for Transport franchise decision

From Rail Technology Magazine; April 11, 2019 Virgin Trains could disappear from Britain’s railways by the end of the year,…

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Canada: Ontario unveils $28.5-billion transit plan, vows to double length of Toronto’s downtown relief line

By Oliver Moore, The Globe and Mail; April 10, 2019 The provincial government is promising to double the length of…

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Wisconsin Department Of Transportation aims to double frequency of Amtrak service through state

By Chris Lueneburg, Channel 3000; April 10, 2019 PORTAGE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s plan to increase regional…

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Glenview, Illinois trustees approve additional funding for Amtrak Hiawatha line opposition, pushing total to $541,000

By Alexandra Kukulka, Reporter, Chicago Tribune; April 9, 2019 Glenview has allocated another $36,000 from the 2019 budget toward finding…

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After Iowa Pacific in New York State: Bids requested on rail line to North Creek

By Michael Virtanen, Adirondack Explorer; April 8, 2019 Warren County and the Town of Corinth have requested bids by April…

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John Brennan joins Federal Transit Administration as Chief Counsel

By Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; April 8, 2019 The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on April 8…

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South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings’ role in rail merger policy

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; April 8, 2019 Somewhat buried in history is that…

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Message from unions visiting Capitol Hill: Hostile Amtrak

Lawmakers unswayed by Ethiopian crash report By SAM MINTZ, With help from Stephanie Beasley and Alex Guillén, Politco Morning Report;…

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Proposed Canadian Rail Transportation Regulations published in Part I of the Canada Gazette

A press release from the Canadian Transportation Agency; April 1, 2019: GATINEAU, QC, April 1, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian Transportation…

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Senate Banking Committee approves Thelma Drake’s nomination to lead the Federal Transit Administration

By SAM MINTZ, With help from Tanya Snyder and Stephanie Beasley, Politico Morning Transportation; March 15, 2019 — The Senate…

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Trump budget slashes funding for Amtrak long-distance service

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; March 12, 2019 President Donald Trump’s fiscal-year 2020 budget request submitted yesterday calls for “restructuring” Amtrak…

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Trump Administration issues Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal. Reaction: ‘The sky is falling and the Earth is rushing up to meet it.’

By J. Bruce Richardson; March 12, 2019 The Trump Administration submitted its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 federal budget to Congress…

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Wisconsin Governor Evers’ Budget Includes $45M To Expand Rail Service Between Milwaukee, Chicago

By Corrinne Hess, Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR; March 8, 2019 Gov. Tony Evers included $45 million in his state budget proposal…

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California: CalSTA awards $13.1M of SRA funds to advance 9 California projects

By Kyra Senese, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; March 7, 2019 The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has awarded $13.1 million…

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Bill introduced in Minnesota legislature to study passenger rail on Dan Patch Line

By Christine Schuster, Savage Pacer; March 6, 2019 A bill introduced by local legislators would authorize a feasibility study for…

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Infrastructure funding still elusive

By SAM MINTZ, With Help From Brianna Gurciullo, Politico Morning Transportation; March 7, 2019 — Some House Democratic transportation leaders…

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont pitches tolls for rail improvements

By Ken Dixon, Greenwich Time; March 1, 2019 BRIDGEPORT — “Thank God the train was on time,” Gov. Ned Lamont…

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Climate change hearing divides House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

By SAM MINTZ, With Help From Tanya Snyder, Stephanie Beasley and Brianna Gurciull, Politico Morning Transportation; February 27, 2019 —…

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How Regulation Could Slow Down the Future in California

By Jill Cowan, The New York Times; February 26, 2019 Yesterday, my colleagues Thomas Fuller, Jennifer Medina and Conor Dougherty…

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Florida: Officials ponder Volusia, Flagler county’s transportation problems

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; February 26, 2019 DAYTONA BEACH — For an hour Monday, 125 government and…

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Opinion: How rail could play a role in Southern California infrastructure improvements

By Marc Joffe, Redlands Daily Facts; February 23, 2019 Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to pause the most expensive portions of…

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New name, same Minnesota goal: Great River Rail Commission to continue second train advocacy

From The Winona Daily News; February 21, 2019 One of the leading voices on passenger rail in Minnesota has a…

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FRA Issues National Trespass Prevention Strategy

A press release from the United States Department of Transportation; February 19, 2019: WASHINGTON – The U.S Department of Transportation’s…

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