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2023 INRIX Report: Texas cities are some of worst in U.S. for traffic gridlock and safety - we need rail more than ever

July 18th, 2024
July 18, 2024 - TRA Commentary -Sitting in traffic more than usual? You bet you are. And it's only going to get worse.The economic cost of traffic congestion in Texas' major cities continued to climb last year, according to a...

DART Silver Line Testing to Begin between Richardson and Plano

July 18th, 2024
July 18, 2024 - TRA Newswire -Residents in Plano and Richardson will soon be able to catch a glimpse of the new Silver Line trains in town with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) set to begin testing Monday, July 22.DART...

Laredo mayor says passenger train to MX/TX border cities will boost tourism, security. Is TXDOT & FRA listening?

July 17th, 2024
July 16, 2024 - TRA Newswire / latintimes.com -If Mexico builds it, will Texas be ready? That's a question yet to be answered if the new President of Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum, follows through on her predecessors' plans to boost the...

Texarkana AR and TX agree to plan renovation at historical state line train station

July 17th, 2024
July 17, 2024 - TRA Newswire - Once a glorious facility that spanned the Arkansas and Texas border and hosted numerous daily trains, the Texarkana Union Station has fallen into a state of disrepair and has become an eyesore for the region. That may change...

FRA covers 6 years of expenses for new and expanded rail service: a 2nd roundtrip for the Heartland Flyer or Austin-San Antonio?

July 16th, 2024
July 16, 2024 - TRA Newswire -Should the State of Oklahoma and Texas want to expand from one daily roundtrip currently offered on the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, now would be the time to move on...

Feds dangle $1.1 billion in rail crossing safety funds; good timing for TxDOT's "exceptional item request"?

July 16th, 2024
July 16, 2024 - TRA Newswire -The Federal Railroad Administration's announcement of over $1.1 billion in Railroad Crossing Elimination (RCE) grant funding last week comes right after a Texas Department of Transportation draft presentation of a line item asking the state...

August 5 deadline: TxDOT asks for your input on 10 year transportation spending plan

July 12th, 2024
July 15, 2024 - TRA Newswire -To help keep a thriving Texas economy moving, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is drafting a record-breaking 10-year transportation plan, and the public is invited to weigh in on potential projects in communities...

Plans revisited to set up a Rio Grande Valley Regional Transit Authority

July 12th, 2024
June 27, 2024 - A regional transit authority boosts the economy, says Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council Executive Director Manuel Cruz. People have more mobility. It is easier for them to get to work, visit the doctor, go to college,...

UP's Port Houston dockside service: 1 year already and it just keeps expanding

July 12th, 2024
July 12, 2024 - TRA Newswire - Eliminating a cumbersome move from ship-to-truck-to-rail at Union Pacific Railroad's Port Houston on-dock service is paying off with additional inland markets added in 2024.The sucessful service, which began in May 2023, enables intermodal containers...

Proposed downtown Dallas high-speed rail bypass explained at regional transportation meeting

July 12th, 2024
July 12, 2024 - TRA Newswire -To mollify Dallas City Council members that didn't want to see an elevated high-speed rail line on the western fringe of downtown Dallas, the Regional Transportation Council was shown a new proposed route that...