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N.C. DOT begins rail upgrade program

Rail| March 24, 2011
The agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Amtrak and N.C. Railroad Co. is supported by $461 million in ARRA funds, and will include upgrades to tracks and bridges; crossing safety improvements; station expansions in four cities; and construction of a maintenance facility in Charlotte. The funding also will enable North Carolina to improve the speed and reliability of passenger service.

Obama signs extension to fund federal operations

Rail| March 21, 2011
The resolution cuts another $6 billion in federal spending from FY 2010 enacted levels. Among the $6 billion in reductions is the elimination of funding for FY 2011 for the FRA program that provides grant money for railroad operators to implement Positive Train Control.
Rail| March 11, 2011

OLI: Rail crossing collisions rose in 2010

The nonprofit cites FRA statistics, which indicate 2,004 vehicle-train collisions in the U.S. in 2010, up 4.2 percent from the 1,924 incidents in 2009. The collisions resulted in 260 deaths and 810 injuries, with crossing deaths up 5.3 percent and crossing injuries up 9.8 percent.
Rail| March 3, 2011

FRA proposes emergency reporting system requirement

Proposal would require railroads to post a toll-free telephone number and the DOT’s National Crossing Inventory identification number at every highway-rail crossing and explicitly authorized pathway grade crossing.
Rail| February 7, 2011

Feds award $50K to address PTSD in train crews

The funding will enable the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to create a program that will alleviate the onset and development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Distress Disorder in train crews and other railroad workers.
Rail| January 31, 2011

Feds award $750K to Penn. for high-speed rail study

Will evaluate the feasibility of electrifying track between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, construction of dedicated tracks for passenger trains and major signal and switch improvements.
Rail| December 9, 2010

FRA to redirect $1 billion in high-speed rail funds

Wisconsin has suspended work under its existing high-speed rail agreement and the incoming Governors in Wisconsin and Ohio have both indicated that they will not move forward to use high-speed rail money received under the Recovery Act.
Rail| 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.
Rail| November 19, 2010

FRA releases $50M for positive train control

Awards vary in size and scope ranging from $500,000 to $2M , and include private corporations, academic institutions and public authorities. Recipients include Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Amtrak and New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Rail| October 28, 2010

Feds release $2.4B for high-speed rail projects

Recipients include California ($901 million) for the construction of new lines in the Central Valley; Florida ($800 million) for the Tampa to Orlando corridor; and Iowa ($230 million) to create a new intercity passenger rail service between Iowa City and Chicago.

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