FTA to award Honolulu rail project $1.55B FFGA

Signing is the final step of the FTA’s New Starts federal funding process for new rail systems, and makes available $200 million to the Honolulu rail project for fiscal year 2012.

Judge rejects bid to halt Calif. high-speed rail project

Said the cost of delaying the project outweighed the risk to farmers and others along the route whose property would be affected.

Ind. transit advocates push again for referendum

Despite facing another uphill battle with the General Assembly after a defeat last year, will re-introduce a plan that asks two counties to increase local income taxes by 0.3%. The funds would double bus service and add light rail and express transit service.

NJ Transit looks into storm preparations

Report said the agency launched a probe into its Superstorm Sandy preparations, looking primarily at the decision to store trains in areas that ended up getting flooded. The potential damage could cost millions and may have been preventable.

Las Vegas Railway, Union Pacific reach agreement

The right-of-way agreement is contingent upon LVRE fulfilling a variety of conditions in a specified time frame.

OCTA's Will Kempton to retire

Has accepted the position of executive director for Transportation California and plans to leave the agency in February 2013.

Diridon named chairman of USHSR board

Will assume his new role at the High Speed Rail Conference in Los Angeles in December.

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