Category Archives: Texas Rail News

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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13 Oct
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Oklahoma DOT starts upgrading 300 rail crossings

October 13, 2015 (Special to TRA) Approximately 300 rail crossing locations on highways, city streets and county roads in Oklahoma are set to become safer and more visible. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is putting these areas on a fast ...

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13 Oct
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Neches River rail bridge study set for October 21 in Beaumont

(Special to TRA) – October 13, 2015 – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is proposing rail improvements for a major choke point at the Neches River Bridge in Beaumont, Texas.  TxDOT will hold a Public Open House on Wednesday, ...

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10 Oct
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TxDOT’s Tower 55 rail project wins awards for TxDOT, BNSF and Union Pacific

October 10, 2015 – Texas DOT’s $101 million Tower rail 55 project is the winner of the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) President’s award. The Tower 55 project, located just southwest of downtown Fort Worth improved freight ...

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07 Oct
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TxDOT shake-up continues; director to retire

El Paso Times – October 6, 2015 AUSTIN — Change within the top ranks of the Texas Department of Transportation continued Tuesday with the announcement that Executive Director Joe Weber will retire at the end of the year, Texas state ...

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02 Oct
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UPDATED: Positive Train Control railroad “shutdown clock” underway: major Texas impact

Safety rule threatens North Texas commuter, freight train service Brandon Formby -Dallas Morning News Transportation Writer – October 13, 2015 Thousands of North Texas commuters who take the TRE or Denton County’s A-train could find themselves on buses or looking ...

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28 Sep
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Union Pacific eyes $90 million investment: expand operations in Laredo

Kendra Ablaza Laredo Morning Times  – September 26, 2015   Union Pacific plans to invest an estimated $90 million to expand operations at the company’s Port Laredo Intermodal Ramp in North Laredo. Brenda Mainwaring, vice president of public affairs for ...

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28 Sep
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New high-speed rail route may serve Arlington, DFW Airport

Slower version proposed between Dallas and Fort Worth New route includes extra stop south of airport Arlington, other cities will seek ways to fund it   BY GORDON DICKSON / FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM / SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 A proposed high-speed ...

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24 Sep
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We’re flush with freight, and ideas of what to do about it

  Only 34 projects (3%) would be slated for rail, and that equals 1% of total cost but freight rail impacts 17% of employment (Texas Freight Mobility Plan pie chart) Dug Begley – Houston Chronicle – September 24, 2015   ...

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