Author Archives: Peter LeCody

29 Dec
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BNSF Railway names Austin Western Railroad as 2015 Shortline Railroad of the Year

December 28, 2015 – TRA Newswire 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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21 Dec
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Reducing congestion – the Katy freeway hasn’t come close

December 16, 2015 – By Joe Cortright Here’s a highway success story, as told by the folks who build highways. Several years ago, the Katy Freeway in Houston was a major traffic bottleneck. It was so bad that in 2004 ...

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19 Dec
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AMTRAK western long distance trains at the end of 2015; a positive report

December 19, 2015 – Commentary by Russ Jackson / RailPAC Here we are, Christmastime 2015, and lo and behold the Amtrak long distance trains continue to roll and to some extent thrive despite the negative publicity that they are “money ...

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17 Dec
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Flying like an Eagle: New Fort Worth-Dallas route to improve Amtrak reliability

December 17, 2015 – TRA Newswire Amtrak Texas Eagle now uses Trinity Rail Express corridor – Texas Rail Advocates thanked for stakeholder support FORT WORTH, Texas – Amtrak has successfully concluded negotiations and changed the route of the Texas Eagle ...

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17 Dec
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Railroads sign TEX Rail agreements as project gains federal funds

December 17, 2015 – Gordon Dickson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram Railroad agreements for track rights are a major step for project Commuter trains could begin service in late 2018 Federal money allocated to project now totals $150 million FORT WORTH ...

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17 Dec
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Bass named Executive Director at Texas Department of Transportation

December 17, 2015 – TRA Newswire (Austin) – James Bass, Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Department of Transportation is the newly named Executive Director. The announcement came out of a meeting of the Texas Transportation Commission and will be ...

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12 Dec
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Survey crews are in the field scouting Dallas-Houston bullet train path

December 12, 2015 -TRA Newswire (Arlington) –  The private developer that is building a high speed rail line between Dallas and Houston started surveying on public property this week in anticipation of construction starting in late 2017. “Texas Central Partners ...

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12 Dec
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TX-OK Passenger Rail Study & DFW Core Express Project Chugs Along

December 12, 2015 – TRA Newswire (Arlington) – A TxDOT service development plan to bring passenger rail service to the I-35 corridor between Oklahoma and South Texas expects to come out in rough form in the spring of 2016. Speaking ...

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11 Dec
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Why it makes no sense to pit the Northeast Corridor against the National Network (hint: it’s the economy, stupid)

December 11, 2015 – National Association of Railroad Passengers Like the man once famously said, “There you go again.” Newspapers and media outlets up and down the Northeast Corridor are once again buying into the mythology that Amtrak’s NEC operation ...

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10 Dec
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Study Would Look At New Options For High-Speed Rail In Houston

December 8, 2015 – Houston Public Media – Gail Delaughter Transportation officials say a link to downtown Houston is crucial to the project. The planned route for Texas Central Railway’s high-speed train between Houston and Dallas would only bring the ...

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