Author Archives: Peter LeCody

03 May
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Union Pacific Plans to Invest $513 Million in its Texas Rail Infrastructure

May 2, 2016 – TRA Newswire Union Pacific plans to invest $513 million in 2016 to improve it’s statewide transportation infrastructure. Union Pacific’s planned investment covers a range of initiatives: $429 million to maintain railroad track and $79 million to ...

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02 May
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TxDOT names interim Rail Division Director: Steavens Out – Harmon In

May 2, 2016 – TRA Newswire With the departure of Rail Division Director Erik Steavens, the Texas Department of Transportation has named Dan Harmon as the Interim Director of the unit. Harmon serves as director of Maritime and now wears a ...

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01 May
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FRA scoping report on Texas Central high speed rail project now one year old

May 1, 2016 – TRA Newswire The Federal Railroad Administration issued it’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Report on the high speed passenger rail project between Dallas and Houston at this time last year.  You might want to brush up ...

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01 May
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Class I commodity slump is a Texas short line bonanza

Texas’ TNW Corp. has developed a core business of parking and caring for surplus railcars in dedicated “logistics centers” attached to each of its three Texas short lines. April 29, 2016 – Railway Age No, the tank cars are not ...

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28 Apr
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Omni-Trax moves to acquire Heart of Texas Railroad

April 28, 2016 – TRA Newswire Denver Colorado based Omni-Trax has filed a brief with the Surface Transportation Board to acquire the Heart of Texas Railway, renaming it Central Texas and Colorado River Railway. The 67.5 mile railway runs from a ...

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28 Apr
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West Texas: Possibility Of Commuter Rail From Las Cruces To El Paso

April 28, 2016 – KWRG.org Over 100 people attended two public meetings in Dona Ana County this week to look at the possibility of creating a commuter rail line that will extend from Las Cruces to El Paso. The first ...

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27 Apr
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The rural war on Texas high speed rail

The hits just keep on coming. It’s another interesting month watching the rhetoric from rural interests intent on killing a high speed rail project between Dallas and Houston. First we heard from Marty Hiles, Commissioner, Ellis County Community Development Sub Regional Planning Commission. Mr. ...

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23 Apr
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Tough first quarter for Union Pacific: operating income and earnings down

April 23, 2016 – TRA Newswire Diluted earnings per share of $1.16 declined 11 percent. Operating income totaled $1.7 billion, down 15 percent. Operating ratio of 65.1 percent, up 0.3 points. “In this challenging volume environment, we have continued our ...

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23 Apr
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TxDOT Rail Division Director tenders resignation

April 23, 2016 – TRA Newswire The Director of the Rail Division at the Texas Department of Transportation, Erik Steavens, tendered his resignation this week. It is said to be effective at the end of this month. Steavens is only ...

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20 Apr
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Fox News O’Reilly: Fact we don’t have high speed rail is flat out irresponsible

April 20, 2016 – Bill O’Reilly is not one to mince words. The conservative host of the O’Reilly Factor, the #1 cable news show in the U.S. thinks that our infrastructure and mass transportation systems are a mess. On his ...

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