Topic : Federal Railroad Administration

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FRA to hold webinar for PTC grant funding applicants

Security and Safety | May 22, 2018

The $250 million in grant funding under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program was authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, and funded through the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

FRA issues $250M Notice of Funding Opportunity for PTC projects

Rail| May 16, 2018

Fourteen railroads report they have installed 100 percent of the hardware necessary for PTC system implementation, as of March 31, 2018.

Government Issues| March 26, 2018

President signs appropriations bill that includes $13.5B for FTA programs

APTA President/CEO Paul Skoutelas said that in passing the bill, "Congress has preserved the strong federal partnership with states and communities that is required to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure."

Rail| March 20, 2018

FRA taking proactive approach to help railroads meet PTC requirement

At the direction of Secretary Elaine L. Chao, the FRA is taking a proactive approach to ensure railroads acquire, install, test, and fully implement certified PTC systems in time to meet the congressional interim deadline of Dec. 31, 2018.

Rail| February 16, 2018

FRA makes $73M available for rail capital projects, ops assistance

The grants are expected to leverage private, state, and local investments to boost a wide range of rail projects, including the potential for implementing PTC.

Government Issues| February 12, 2018

FRA deputy administrator resigns over questions about 'outside work'

Heath Hall, a public relations professional and political consultant who served as a spokesman for a sheriff’s office in Mississippi, reportedly continued work at his public relations firm while also working for the FRA.

Rail| February 6, 2018

Texas Central bullet train co. picks Houston station location

Texas Central has named it as their preferred site because of minimal environmental and community impact and ability to connect to desired destinations.

Rail| November 15, 2017

Feds find ignored safety procedures, fractured safety program led to Amtrak derailment

The train engineer saw equipment and people working on and near track 3 and initiated emergency braking that slowed the train from 106 mph to approximately 99 mph at the time of impact.

Rail| October 2, 2017

Georgia to Tenn. high-speed rail EIS gets Fed approval

The chosen corridor includes eight rail stations and is estimated to take 88 minutes of travel time from the first to last station along the corridor.

Rail| September 27, 2017

High-Speed Rail: At a Crossroads

Major corridor programs — such as California High-Speed Rail and the Northeast Corridor — are actively advancing visionary futures for public transportation. Yet, future federal funding for HSR remains clouded in the complexities of the federal appropriations process.

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