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FRA issues new reg limiting consecutive hours of service

Rail| August 12, 2011
The new rule, based on “fatigue science,” will use fatigue modeling tools and data on human alertness factors and guide the scheduling of train crews to reduce the likelihood of a hazardous work schedule. It includes maximum on-duty periods and minimum off-duty periods for passenger train employees.

FRA awards $336M for next-generation trains

Rail| August 3, 2011
Enables California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri to purchase next-generation, American-made trains. Trains will be designed to travel more than 110 mph along intercity passenger corridors.
Rail| July 29, 2011

FRA releases high-speed rail grants to Iowa, Nev.

Part of an effort to develop an integrated passenger rail network. The Iowa DOT received $400,000 to develop a freight and passenger rail transportation model which will expand on an existing statewide travel demand model. The Nevada DOT received $640,000 to fund the completion of the Nevada State Rail Plan.
Rail| June 30, 2011

Amtrak receives $563M loan for 70 Siemens trains

This is the largest loan issued through the FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program to date. The locomotives are more energy-efficient and will enable Amtrak to improve frequency, performance and reliability for regional and intercity routes along the Northeast and Keystone Corridors.
Rail| May 23, 2011

WTS names FRA official ‘Woman of the Year’

Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator Karen Rae was selected by the Women’s Transportation Seminar for her 35 years of knowledge and expertise, and her decades of leadership building transit and passenger rail systems across the country.
Rail| May 10, 2011

Conn. Senator: $30M high-speed rail award not enough

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that the state applied for $227 million for its 62-mile rail project.
Rail| May 10, 2011

APTA applauds federal high-speed rail investment

President William A. Millar said that the $2 billion that the FRA distributed to several states across the U.S. will help move forward projects already under way, and create thousands of jobs.
Rail| May 9, 2011

U.S. high-speed rail projects awarded $2 billion

Selected 15 states and Amtrak to receive $2.02 billion for 22 high-speed intercity passenger rail projects. Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak submitted nearly 100 applications.
Rail| April 28, 2011

FRA awards Caltrans $100M for Amtrak upgrades

The funds enable Caltrans to add new bi-level equipment, including 27 new railcars to accommodate a significant increase in ridership on the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner rail corridors.
Rail| April 6, 2011

LaHood: 24 states applied for high-speed rail funds

The states submitted nearly $10 billion in funding requests. The Federal Railroad Administration will begin its official review of the applications. A merit-driven process will be used to award the $2.4 billion to projects that can deliver public and economic benefits quickly.

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