Author Archives: Peter LeCody

02 Nov
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TxDOT freight mobility plan asks for your input

November 2, 2015 – (Special to TRA) The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has released their Draft Texas Freight Mobility Plan for a 30-day public comment period.  The Freight Mobility Plan is TxDOT’s first comprehensive and multimodal transportation plan that ...

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31 Oct
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It’s time for the ODOT-TxDOT Heartland Flyer to grow up

June 14, 1999 was the first run of the Oklahoma state supported Heartland Flyer, a daily train that made a round-trip between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas. It ended a twenty year drought of passenger rail service in that ...

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30 Oct
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Texas’ TIGER grant: $20 million for rural buses – 0 for rail

October 30, 2015 – TRA Newswire (Austin) – The Texas Department of Transportation has been awarded more than $20 million in federal TIGER* grants to improve transportation services for rural populations. The funding will help replace 325 vehicles located throughout ...

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28 Oct
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Tiger Grant: $15 Million to upgrade Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route

Ladailypost.com – October 27, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham, Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $15,210,143 for ...

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28 Oct
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Train service brings hope to western Oklahoma town

October 23, 2015 – NewsOK ERICK — Residents in this town were treated to a rare sight Friday as the first passenger train in 48 years to pull into its downtown arrived to mark the opening of new service by Farmrail ...

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28 Oct
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Congress extends Positive Train Control deadline

October 28, 2015 – TRA Newswire Congress OK’s PTC implementation to 2018 with, maybe, a 24 month extension. As  H.R.38​19 – Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015​​  is signed into law, it will extend the deadline for America’s railroads to fully implement ...

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26 Oct
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Why we support Prop 7 – even if no direct rail component

Sure it’s for roads, but there’s a small asterisk. We need good roads to get us to future freight and passenger rail projects that the state legislature has been ignoring for years. One step at a time. If voters give ...

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24 Oct
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High-speed rail pits urban against rural

Mitchell Schnurman – Dallas Morning News – October 20 2015 $130M worth of high-speed rail design work will be done at selected firms’ risk Who’s gonna stop progress in its tracks, especially when it’s counted in the billions of dollars? ...

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24 Oct
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Dallas readers sound off on potential TRE & A Train service suspension

(TRA Note: Dallas Morning News readers respond to possible train service cuts if Congress does not approve an extension of mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) legislation that most all railroads will not be able to have in place by December ...

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24 Oct
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BNSF Railway names Austin Western Railroad 2015 Shortline Railroad of the Year

October 23, 2015  FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) announced Austin Western Railroad (AWRR) as its 2015 Shortline Railroad of the Year during BNSF’s annual Shortline Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. AWRR, which is operated by Watco Companies of ...

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