Author Archives: Peter LeCody

20 Sep
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Texas Central is making progress in its aim to build the nation’s first ‘bullet train’

September 20, 2017 – Progressive Railroading – By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor At a ceremony held last month at Houston’s City Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner could hardly contain his enthusiasm about a proposed 240-mile bullet train between the city and ...

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16 Sep
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DART Board approves plans to advance 26 mile Cotton Belt rail line

September 15, 2017 – CommunityImpact.com – Prospects for a 26-mile suburban passenger rail line that would run through downtown Plano were bolstered this week as transportation officials approved a funding plan for the $1.3 billion project. Dallas Area Rapid Transit board members ...

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13 Sep
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Here’s where Dallas will build a new subway and streetcar line

September 13, 2017 – Dallas Morning News, Liz Farmer – The Dallas City Council on Wednesday gave its support to plans to build a downtown subway route under Commerce Street. Council members also tentatively approved a new streetcar line that ...

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12 Sep
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KCS’ Holiday Express Train to target Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey

September 12, 2017 – TRA Newswire – Kansas City Southern (KCS)  has released its schedule for the 17th annual Holiday Express train, which will stop in 22 communities in six states on 26 dates. This year, KCS will work with ...

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12 Sep
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Construction on newest Texas shortline RR is underway

September 12, 2017 – TRA Newswire – Construction is finally underway on The Medina Line, a nine-mile shortline railroad project in Southwest Texas. The project was first approved by the Surface Transportation Board in 2008 but had to fight legal ...

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10 Sep
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20 years after saving the Texas Eagle: celebration but not quitting yet

September 10, 2017 – TRA Newswire – Back in 1997 Amtrak’s Texas Eagle tri-weekly train was written off as part of a cost-cutting effort by the passenger rail service. The train schedule for the San Antonio to Chicago service was ...

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10 Sep
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Gas shortage reveals San Antonio needs better transit options

September 10, 2017 – Express-News Editorial Board – It didn’t have to be this way, San Antonio. We didn’t have to nearly run out of gas over Labor Day weekend. Long lines could have been avoided. The focus could have remained ...

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08 Sep
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Tracks open! Amtrak’s Sunset Limited restarts service after Harvey’s Gulf Coast flooding

September 8, 2017 – TRA Newswire – Amtrak’s Sunset Limited service through Houston and Beaumont, a casualty of Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding, restarts service next week. The tri-weekly passenger train service runs on two host railroads, Union Pacific and BNSF ...

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06 Sep
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Study looks at Atlanta-Dallas-Ft. Worth rail route through Meridian MS

September 5, 2017 – MeridianStar.com – Meridian could benefit one day from a long-time desire, now under study, to re-establish a passenger train route from Ft. Worth, Texas, to Atlanta. The plan is a priority of the Texas-based I-20 Corridor Council. ...

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06 Sep
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Update: more rail lines restored in Texas Gulf Region following Hurricane Harvey

September 6, 2017 – TRA Newswire  – Railroad crews didn’t take time off from Labor Day weekend and were kept busy in recovery efforts along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast following a battering by Hurricane Harvey and torrential flooding. ...

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