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FHWA reviews Conn. Amtrak bridge project

Rail| October 21, 2010
The project is reconstructing and lengthening the existing Amtrak Bridge, so that more highway lanes and sidewalks can be added to U.S. Route 1, which runs beneath the rail bridge in Branford. The project will help meet the demand of heavy traffic.

Fed: Refinancing Amtrak to save millions

Rail| October 18, 2010
The government will exercise early buyout options on 13 existing high-cost leases over the next three years. The $420 million up-front cost will save approximately $582 million in future payments, saving the taxpayer approximately $162 million.
Rail| October 11, 2010

Amtrak sets ridership mark in FY2010

A year-over-year comparison of FY 2010 to FY 2009 shows total Amtrak ridership grew 5.7 percent, or about 1.55 million passengers, and all Amtrak business lines experienced growth including the Northeast Corridor (up 4.3 percent), long-distance trains (up 6.6 percent), and state-supported and other short-distance routes (up 6.5 percent).
Rail| September 30, 2010

Vermont receives $50M Recovery Act grant for HSR

Funds will be used to install continuously welded rail and other track improvements, new crossties, and highway-rail grade crossing safety improvements on track owned by the New England Central Railroad, a RailAmerica Inc. property.
Rail| September 29, 2010

Amtrak's 30-year HSR plan would slash Northeast travel times

Trips between Washington and Boston would take three hours, about half the length of the current trip time. At speeds of 148 mph, trips between New York and Boston would take 84 minutes.
Rail| September 13, 2010

Amtrak joins FRA ‘Close Call’ program

Amtrak is the fourth railroad to join the Confidential Close Call Reporting System. Under the program, employees can report “close call” incidents that did not result in an accident without fear of sanction or penalty from the railroad or the federal government.
Rail| August 24, 2010

Northeast corridor rail service severely impacted

Both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit experienced power problems while a fire inside a control tower near Jamaica, N.Y., burned equipment used to control track switches at the nearby train hub.
Rail| August 17, 2010

NJ Transit requesting $885M from FRA

Agency seeking support to improve trip times, reliability and capacity on the Trenton to New York section of the corridor owned by Amtrak.
Bus| August 10, 2010

Amtrak breaks ground on Ill. transportation center

The estimated $43.3 million multimodal center project in Normal, Ill. was completely funded by a $22 million TIGER grant, FTA grants, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grants, and bonds issued by the Town of Normal.
Rail| August 5, 2010

L.B. Foster to equip New England rail group

Company landed a $5.3 million contract by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority to supply 5,561 tons of rail for the Downeaster-Portland North Project.

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