U.S., Andrew Selden On Passenger Train Funding: Getting The Most From New Rail Capital

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; August 30, 2021 If congress chooses to appropriate new capital to develop intercity passenger rail…

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U.S.: Yes Steven Rattner, Wyoming Needs Passenger Trains

By Dan Bilka, Railway Age Magazine; April 14, 2021 Steven Rattner—the man who spent $82 billion in taxpayer money to bail…

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U.S., Amtrak, Responding To POLITICO Nightly: We Are The United States of America, Not The United States Of The Northeast

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 8, 2021 Harrumph. Yet another beltway journalist has opined about what…

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U.S., Amtrak at 50: Then, and Now What?

Editor’s Note: Russ Jackson is the distinguished retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review, which he contributed to and…

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U.S., New Jersey: Governor Murphy announces $190 million in major renovations at Newark Penn Station

From New Jersey Transit, Mass Transit Magazine; December 10, 2020 A total of $190 million has been committed for renovations…

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U.S., Florida – SunRail commission votes for DeLand extension: Now what?

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; November 23, 2020 For more than five years, plans to extend SunRail to DeLand…

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U.S., New Jersey: London Bridge is Falling Down

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; November 23, 2020 Several “project stakeholders” in New Jersey’s passenger rail network—Governor…

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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.: Amtrak Warns of Layoffs and Project Delays Without Billions in Assistance

By Pranshu Verma, The New York Times; October 21, 2020 WASHINGTON — Amtrak’s chief executive warned federal lawmakers on Wednesday…

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U.S.: Hit by pandemic, Amtrak is making cuts that may endure

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; October 19, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic may force a reckoning for Amtrak’s long-distance routes, bringing…

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U.S., Illinois: How Chicago Metra may fill its budget hole if there’s no federal rescue

By Marni Pyke, Daily Herald Media Group, The Herald-News; October 19, 2020 Service cuts are an option if no federal…

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U.S., Central Florida – SunRail wrinkle: Florida Department Of Transportation informs Volusia, partners it may yet build DeLand extension

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; August 26, 2020 Once there was a will but not enough money. Now…

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U.S., Massachusetts: Federal money to be used for Worcester’s Union Station platform project

By Nick Kotsopoulos, Staff, Telegram.com; July 31, 2020 WORCESTER — The Worcester Redevelopment Authority board voted Friday to authorize 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., Commentary: House transportation bill fails to unite when it is needed most

By Ian Jefferies, Opinion Contributor, The Hill; June 30, 2020 The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed a $500 billion…

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U.S., Colorado: Federal Cash Could Be The Thing That Shifts A Front Range Train From Dream To Reality

By Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio News; June 26, 2020 Colorado’s fledgling plans for passenger rail up and down the…

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U.S.: USDOT extends short lines’ RRIF Express loan deadline

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; June 25, 2020 The Build America Bureau of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has extended…

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U.S.: Amtrak reducing service, offering buyout packages to employees

By Kanishka Singh, Reuters, Yahoo! News; June 16, 2020 (Reuters) – U.S. passenger railroad service Amtrak, which has been reeling…

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U.S.: Illinois Wins Grant That Will Benefit Amtrak Hiawatha Expansion

By Jeramey Jannene, Urban Milwaukee; May 29, 2020 A new federal grant to repair a railroad junction in Illinois will…

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U.S.: How U.S. Public Transit Can Survive Coronavirus

By Alon Levy and Eric Goldwyn, City Lab; April 24, 2020 Public transportation has been in a state of crisis…

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U.S.: Federal Railroad Administration seeking grant requests for $311.8 million funding dollars

By David C. Lester, RT&S Magazine; April 20, 2020 On Friday, RT&S reported on the Notice of Funding Opportunity for…

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U.S.: Federal Railroad Administration makes $1 billion available to Amtrak in response to COVID-19

A press release from the Federal Railroad Administration; April 13, 2020: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than…

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U.S., New Hampshire: ‘Railroads Act’ could bring funding opportunities, increased ridership to Claremont

By Patrick Adrian, Reporter, Eagle Times; February 27, 2020 CLAREMONT — New legislation that seeks to expand financing for railroad…

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U.S., New York: U.S. Transportation Chief Backs Rehabilitation of Key New York City Rail Tunnel

By Reuters, The New York Times; February 27, 2020 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation supports the rehabilitation of…

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