Topic : Federal Railroad Administration

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Feds release $2.4B for high-speed rail projects

Rail| October 28, 2010
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.

Vermont receives $50M Recovery Act grant for HSR

Rail| September 30, 2010
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 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 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.
Rail| July 29, 2010

FRA awards $46.5M for Wisconsin high-speed rail

Wisconsin DOT will complete preliminary engineering and final design work, conduct program management activities and complete environmental management plans for the Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail corridor that will operate at speeds of up to 110 miles per hour.
Rail| March 31, 2010

FRA seeks apps. for $115M in high-speed grants

Applications and proposals for these funds are due by May 19, with selection announcements made during summer 2010.
Rail| March 9, 2010

Critics: FRA too short-staffed to manage funding

Government officials charge that the Federal Railroad Administration doesn't have the staff or expertise to properly oversee funding. A Florida representative says he may subpoena agency records to review the FRA’s decision-making process.
Rail| December 7, 2009

Rail suppliers commit to U.S. ops for HSR contracts

More than 30 rail manufacturers and suppliers, both domestic and foreign, have committed to establish or expand their base of operations in the U.S. if they are chosen by states or groups of states to build America’s next generation high-speed rail lines.
Rail| July 13, 2009

NTSB issues safety recommendation to D.C. Metro

Calls for agency to evaluate track occupancy data on a real-time basis in order to detect losses in track occupancy and automatically generate alerts to prompt such actions as immediately stopping train movements or implementing appropriate speed restrictions to prevent collisions.
Rail| July 10, 2009

Port Authority debuts new railcars

The first seven cars of the new 340-train fleet are now on the tracks, kicking off the bi-state agency's modernization program that also will eventually include a new signal system and station upgrades.

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