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SurfBoard Vice Chair Hedlund to speak at Southwestern Rail Conference

January 27th, 2023
January 27, 2023 - TRA Newswire -The Vice-Chair of the Surface Transportation Board, Karen Hedlund, will be a featured presenter at the 19th Annual Southwestern Rail Conference, April 3-4 at the Hurst Conference Center in the D/FW Metroplex. The STB...

Austin-San Antonio corridor's growth boosts developments, inches closer to forming a metroplex - "rail connection necessary"

January 20th, 2023
January 20, 2023 - CommunityImpact.com -Each day, between 100,000 and 150,000 vehicles use the section of I-35 between San Antonio and Austin. Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council President Ross Milloy: "I still think that a rail connection between Austin and San Antonio...

Amtrak puts out feelers for replacement of aging Superliner equipment

January 20th, 2023
January 20, 2023 - TRA Newswire / RailPassengers.org -Amtrak expects to get responses from as many as 10 manufacturers by the end of March as it kicked off the process of replacing bi-level Superliner equipment for its national network service. The...

BNSF to spend $3.96 billion on CapEx in 2023, includes Fort Worth area additional main track

January 20th, 2023
January 20, 2023 - TRA Newswire -BNSF Railway will invest just short of $4 billion in their capital investment plan for 2023. The biggest chunk of the $3.96 billion CapEx plan, $2.85 billion, will go to maintaining the railroad's core...

Wharton County Commissioners ask Texas legislators to compete for federal rail grants

January 16th, 2023
January 16, 2023 - TRA Newswire -The Wharton County Commissioners Court is the latest government entity in Texas asking state lawmakers to put some state skin in the game to compete for federal rail grants. Joshua Owens, Executive Director of the...

Union Pacific completing series of track projects to upgrade Texas subdivisions, higher track speeds

January 12th, 2023
January 12, 2023 - TRA Newswire - Everything really IS bigger in Texas – 12 construction, rail, signal, surfacing and tie teams have been busy out on Union Pacific tracks tackling an expansive series of projects designed to upgrade the state’s...

Texas AG Paxton wants SCOTUS to let states determine blocked rail crossing rules, TRA has a better solution

January 12th, 2023
January 12, 2023 - TRA Austin -Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined an Indiana-led cert-stage amicus brief that calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case that would allow states to set standards and penaltiesvwhen trains...

FRA opens up long-distance daily service and new routes study

January 12th, 2023
January  12, 2023 - TRA Newswire -Could Amtrak's Sunset Limited, now limited to only tri-weekly service across the Southern belt of Texas, be turned into a daily service? Are there possibilities for other restored or new services across Texas and...

Amtrak board reviews map of restoring service from Texas coast to Florida

January 4th, 2023
January 4, 2023 - Sunherald.com - The agreement is forged for Amtrak to run from New Orleans to Mobile starting in 2023, and now there is talk that passenger trains could continue on from South Mississippi to Orlando and Miami. A...

Will TxDOT pass up the feds $500,000 grant per rail corridor to advance passenger rail?

January 1st, 2023
January 1, 2023 - TRA Newswire -In the waning days of December, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced it is now accepting project proposals for intercity passenger-rail corridors under the new Federal Corridor Identification and Development Program. This will open...