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October 10, 2012

FRA completes Amtrak Vermonter Line upgrades

Included heavier continuously-welded rail, bridge work, new tie installation and ballast work. Improvements enable the scheduled running time for the line to be reduced by about a half hour and passenger-train track speeds in signaled territory to increase from 50 to 79 miles per hour.


June 4, 2012

FRA chief touts U.S. vision at APTA rail conference

When speaking about President Obama’s investments in high-speed and intercity passenger rail, Administrator Joseph C. Szabo discussed how 32 states are now moving ahead with 153 rail-development projects, with 44 projects in 16 states, representing close to $3 billion in federal funding, currently under way or set to break ground and other projects coming in on time and on budget.


June 4, 2012

Report: U.S. ridership up 5% for 1st. quarter

High fuel prices cited as being a contributor. Increase touted at Rail Conference in Dallas.


December 1, 2010

FRA awards bio-based fuels, lubricants grants

With a similar grant, Amtrak equipped a Heartland Flyer train operating between Oklahoma City, Okla. and Ft. Worth, Texas to run on a biodiesel blend known as B20, which is 20 percent pure biofuel and 80 percent diesel.


August 31, 2010

U.S. DOT releases high-speed rail design standards

Creates a level playing field and economies of scale based on a common set of designs and technical requirements allowing U.S. based manufacturers to more effectively compete.


August 11, 2010

FRA, rail group partner on safety efforts

FRA's call to action comes in response to the deaths of 55 train and engine service employees while engaged in rail yard switching operations over the past five years.


July 14, 2010

FRA Final Rule to strengthen railroad bridge safety programs

Requires track owners to implement bridge management programs that include at least annual inspections of railroad bridges; know the safe capacity load of bridges; and conduct special inspections if the weather or other conditions warrant such inspections.


May 18, 2010

Feds seek input on National Rail Plan vision

In addition to the outreach events, FRA is accepting written comments from interested individuals and organizations through a public docket that has been created for that purpose.


March 31, 2010

FRA seeks apps. for $115M in high-speed grants

Applications and proposals for these funds are due by May 19, with selection announcements made during summer 2010.


March 11, 2010

APTA leg. meeting to discuss safety, jobs

The 600-plus public transit leaders will spend Tuesday and Wednesday visiting their congressional representatives, lobbying their transit initiatives on Capitol Hill.


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