Category Archives: Texas Rail News

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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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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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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24 Oct
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Rail-Volution 2015 Transit oriented conference in Dallas Oct 25-28

October 24, 2015 – DARTMedia Transit advocates and urban planners are converging on North Texas to see how new communities are being built around transit oriented developments along DART’s 90 mile light rail line and transit facilities in Ft. Worth ...

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24 Oct
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Tulsa close to “last step” for passenger rail into downtown – link to OKC

October 23, 2015  (Tulsa) – The head of Tulsa’s passenger rail task force says the city is ready to take the last step toward having service into downtown. Former city councilor Rick Westcott said Iowa Pacific needs the state’s designation ...

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19 Oct
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PTC-extension still waits on Congress: rail problems ahead for Texas?

UPDATED: October 25, 2015 – TRA Lacking Congressional action within days, railroads will be notifying their shippers and commuter railroads will tell their passengers that services will be suspended at the end of the year. Inaction by lawmakers to grant ...

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15 Oct
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Dallas-Houston high speed rail to generate $36billion+ in economic benefits

(Special to TRA) – High-speed rail will spur economic benefits across Texas Independent study projects potential impact of more than $36 billion All counties, cities and school districts touched by the Dallas-to-Houston route will share in the financia l benefits, ...

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