Category Archives: In Our Opinion

06 Jan
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4 possible candidates for new Amtrak chief: could Matt Rose be one of them?

December 27, 2015 – Fred Frailey blogs for Trains Magazine When I put out the call for your ideas on who should lead Amtrak after Joe Boardman’s retirement next September, you made me proud. Lots of good responses. But one ...

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01 Jan
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STB solicits your opinion for ‘on-time’ passenger-train performance, preference issues

December 29, 2015 – Progressive Railroading / TRA Newswire The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is seeking public comment on two decisions it issued yesterday involving passenger train on-time performance and preference issues. The board issued a notice of proposed rulemaking ...

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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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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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09 Dec
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Freight corridors gain an important focus under the new federal transportation bill

December 8, 2015 – Houston Chronicle When he signed a five-year transportation funding bill on Friday, President Barack Obama sent America one singular message: Keep on truckin’. Apologies to R. Crumb, but we’re having a bit of a nostalgia fit. ...

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09 Dec
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Elected official: “There comes a point where there is no room to widen anymore”

December 9, 2015 – Here’s an elected official from Oklahoma that understands transportation needs and can teach Texas legislators and leaders a thing or two. There is sometimes the sense that we all will be able to stay in our ...

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07 Dec
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Buy 1 get 1 free doesn’t happen very often in Texas

December 7, 2015 – (Dallas) Amtrak’s Texas Eagle service has a lot to celebrate and you get the prize. Starting in January when you purchase one regular (adult) rail fare on the daily Texas Eagle you get to take a ...

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30 Nov
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Developers in Texas are making decisions based on rail links

December 1, 2015 The movers and shakers in Texas that build our homes, business parks and industrial sites are sitting up and taking notice about freight and passenger rail and how important it is in their economic plans. Three stories this week ...

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26 Nov
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Amid Great Progress, Texas High-Speed Rail Takes a Big Step Back

November 19, 2015 – Eric Jaffe –  CityLab.com   Federal officials rule the rail line won’t stop in DPlugins 0owntown Houston America’s train-loving vice president has bestowed his official blessing on theprivately funded high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. On ...

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