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N.Y. awarded nearly $150M for Amtrak corridor

Rail| September 26, 2011
Will upgrade high-speed and intercity passenger rail service on the Empire Corridor to increase capacity and reliability, while reducing delays and travel time on several Amtrak routes, including the Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, and Ethan Allen Express.

Study: U.S. high-speed rail can work, needs fresh approach

Rail| September 26, 2011
Recommends prioritizing corridors with demonstrated markets, such as the Northeast and California, and exploring alternative management and financing arrangements, including separating infrastructure development from rail operations and forming public-private partnerships.
Rail| September 22, 2011

Job Pressures Beginning to Drive Rail Transit Agenda

Although nothing new, employment generation is the renewed focus of new federal and local spending on rapid transit projects.
Rail| September 16, 2011

Calif. HSRA ordered to include more minority businesses

After a civil rights complaint was filed with the U.S. DOT last year, the agency is requiring the rail authority to create a development program for small and disadvantaged businesses within 60 days.
Rail| September 9, 2011

U.S. DOT awards $5M to Minn. for high-speed rail

Funds will help the the Minnesota Department of Transportation complete preliminary engineering and environmental reviews for the 155-mile Northern Lights high-speed rail project between Minneapolis and Duluth.
Rail| September 2, 2011

Texas awarded $50M for rail improvements, HSR corridor

Will jump-start planning for high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, focusing on the Tower 55 project. The project will alleviate congestion at one of the busiest railroad intersections in the U.S., where ten freight and passenger rail routes converge and carry more than 100 trains per day.
Rail| August 30, 2011

Calif. HSR experts propose shared tracks

A panel of experts retained by the California High-Speed Rail Authority said that the “shared tracks” is better than the “full build” approach because demand might not be high enough in proportion to the amount of investment needed for separate tracks.
Rail| August 23, 2011

Safety glitch stops China’s high-speed rail

Rail authorities plan to stop more high-speed rail service due to scheduling concerns. The announcement came as a magazine reported that a crack had been found on the axle of a train. The manufacturer denied the claim.
Rail| August 22, 2011

FRA to fund $745M in Northeast Corridor upgrades

Will update electrical systems and tracks between Trenton, N.J. and New York City, resulting in improved on-time performance and reliability and will add routes that allow Amtrak trains to bypass the busiest passenger rail junction in the nation. The improvements will allow for the fastest passenger train speeds attained in North America to date.
Rail| August 8, 2011

Calif. receives $86.4M more for high-speed rail

The funds secured in the agreement were a portion of the May 2011 award, which was the re-allocation of funding from Florida. This amends a previous agreement signed in December 2010.

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