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SEPTA honored for high-speed line repair project

Rail| February 27, 2013
The agency and HNTB Corp. were recognized for their work on the area along the Norristown High Speed Line between Roberts Road and Garrett Hill Stations that shifted as a result of the Philadelphia region being deluged with almost 30 inches of rain during a 45-day period in August and September 2011.

HSR projects creating conflict for freight

Rail| February 20, 2013
While Amtrak pays private companies in the middle of the U.S. to run its low-speed passenger trains on freight rail tracks, high-speed trains will need their own tracks, depriving the freight rail system of some of that revenue.
Rail| February 13, 2013

Calif. to Vegas HSR waiting for $5.5B fed loan

An XpressWest representative attributed the extensive wait to the complexity of the project and amount of due diligence the Federal Railroad Administration must complete to approve the loan.
Rail| January 30, 2013

Calif. HSRA, city settle lawsuit over route

The rail authority agreed to consider the city's concerns about the route options in and around the city and cover up to $300,000 of the city's legal fees associated with the lawsuit. The settlement removes one hurdle from construction plans this year on the first segment in Madera and Fresno counties.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Spain connects HSR service with rest of Europe

The newly opened high-speed line, connecting Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, is the first to connect with the rest of Europe.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Ore. transportation officials seeking comment on HSR

The Oregon Department of Transportation is hosting open houses across the state to present draft proposals and get public input while they study the feasibility of high-speed rail. The final recommendation and environmental impact report is expected to be published in 2015.
Rail| January 23, 2013

Calif. engineers question HSR oversight

Bid requirements state that the independent contractor that would design and build the first phase of the project would hire the inspectors charged with testing the work on that segment. Critics, including a union that represents state engineers and some lawmakers, say that the arrangement could present a conflict of interest.
Rail| January 9, 2013

More Midwestern train travelers spur HSR

Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission calculated ridership of intercity rail on Amtrak routes in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan grew 35% from 2007 to 2012.
Rail| January 9, 2013

Amtrak expands NEC high-speed service

Adding a new weekday Acela Express round-trip between New York and Washington, D.C., beginning on Jan. 28. The service will also make stops in Baltimore, Wilmington, Del.; Philadelphia, and Newark, N.J., and offer reserved Business Class and First Class service options.
Rail| December 17, 2012

Minn. students speak in favor of high-speed rail

Students from University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Minnesota Duluth and Macalester College held a rolling press conference in support of the proposed Northern Lights Express project. Preliminary engineering is set to start in early 2013.

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