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XpressWest continues development sans CRI assistance
In September 2015, XpressWest and China Railway International USA, Co., LTD. (CRI) commenced joint venture activities intended to advance the high-speed rail line planned to link Las Vegas, Nev., and…
Vermont approves $33.4 million for rail projects
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on June 2, 2016, signed the FY 2017 Transportation Bill, which approves approximately $612.6 million in infrastructure improvements, including $33.4 million for rail. The bill includes…
WSDOT opens availability for loans, grants for freight rail improvement projects
Applications are now being accepted for Washington state-funded grants and loans for projects that improve freight rail services. Funds will be available in July 2017.
Across the US communities seek $9.3 billion in TIGER funding
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program has received 585 applications from across the country totaling $9.3 billion in requested funding – over 18 times more than the…
FRA issues new rules to protect M/W workers, expands drug testing
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued two final rules to better protect railroad employees working on or near railroad tracks.
CTC pulls, delays more than $175 million in rail project funds
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) adopted a five-year state transportation funding plan that cuts $754 million and delays another $755 million in highway, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian project spending…
VRE completes Spotsylvania third track project
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) service began May 17 along a new third track built on CSX's right-of-way from the VRE Crossroads Yard to Hamilton.
FRA, CHSRA revise grant agreement
The Federal Railroad Administration and California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) updated an existing 2010 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant agreement.
NTSB shines spotlight on PTC following Amtrak 188 meeting
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) deemed human error as the probable cause for the May 2015 Amtrak accident in Philadelphia, but said better windows would have lessened the severity…
Gov. Cuomo approves plan to partially preserve Adirondack rail line
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved a $23-million plan that will essentially split a 119-mile travel corridor into a scenic railway south of Tupper Lake and a multi-use trail north…
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