Topic : Federal Railroad Administration

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

Rail| February 13, 2013
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.

FRA, rail industry fights electronic device distraction

Rail| November 21, 2012
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo joined Union Pacific, senior railroad industry leaders and labor officials at a kick-off event to highlight the dangers of using electronic devices on the job.
Rail| August 16, 2012

FRA awards $100K grant for Ala. rail study

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will study the restoration of Amtrak passenger rail service between Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
Rail| July 3, 2012

Environmental study planned for Northeast Corridor

Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate potential passenger rail improvements between Washington, D.C. and Boston.
Rail| July 3, 2012

FRA proposes rule on rail emergency preparedness

Based on recommendations from General Passenger Safety Task Force. Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the proposed rule by Aug. 27, 2012.
Rail| June 20, 2012

FRA proposes eco-exclusions to expedite projects

Exclusions determined do not individually or cumulatively have significant effects on the human or natural environment so do not require the preparation of an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Rail| June 13, 2012

FRA issues rail crossings final rule

Requires railroads to install signs at highway-rail grade and pathway crossings with telephone numbers the public can use to alert railroad companies to unsafe conditions.
Rail| May 9, 2012

States partner for Chicago-to-Detroit HSR study

Goal of the study, which will be funded through a $3.2 million FRA grant and $200,000 each from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Norfolk Southern, is to reduce passenger travel times between the cities and efficiently move freight through the congested Chicago-to-Porter, Ind., segment.
Rail| April 20, 2012

U.S. DOT issues $551M RFPs for American-made railcars

For manufacture of approximately 130 new bi-level passenger cars. Comes from a multi-state effort to jointly purchase standardized rail equipment to be used on Amtrak’s intercity routes in California, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Missouri. Funding is being provided by the FRA’s High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program.
Rail| August 23, 2011

Changes to PTC regs expected to enhance safety, cut costs

Proposed amendments would eliminate the need to perform analyses on forgoing PTC installation and rerouting shipments of some hazardous materials off a rail line. Lines used to provide passenger service would still require PTC. Affected railroads are expected to realize an estimated cost savings of $340 million in the first several years

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