Activists rally to keep Wash. rail line

Trying to keep the city of Kirkland from taking out a five-mile section of rail line to install a recreational trail. City officials told the paper that they plan to eventually rebuild the tracks, but rail advocates are skeptical and say the possibilities should be studied first.

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

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.

OL to hold state coordinator summit

State program directors for the national, nonprofit rail safety education organization will gather in Chicago from Feb. 26 to 28 to learn about new materials and methods for volunteer training and share best practices for raising awareness of rail safety issues in their communities.

Pa. Gov.’s budget plan may find more transit funds

SEPTA and other systems may get more funding than Gov. Tom Corbett called for in his budget plan. The plan would raise transit funding by $40 million in the first year.

Metrolink exec quits in wake of accounting problems

Chief Financial Officer resigned over an internal report that claimed accounting irregularities and poor management and record-keeping. Agency does not have enough cash reserves to meet its current obligations, according to the report.

D.C. Metro scorecard shows progress in 2012

Ninety-one percent of train stops occurred on time, a 1% improvement over 2011, and the rail system made a 13% improvement in reliability over last year. Additionally, Metro has been able to put into service an average of 23 more cars each morning in 2012 compared to 2011, reducing crowding.

Transportation leaders call for bandwidth protection

In a letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski, the transportation leaders ask the FCC to allow for due diligence by ensuring that any timelines contained in a proposed rulemaking relating to the 5.9 GHz band are consistent with the NTIA schedule for completing its quantitative evaluation and issuing final recommendations.

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