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Merry Christmas from Congress: $16B for pax & freight rail; $21B for public transit

December 24th, 2022
December 24, 2022 - APTA.com -The American Public Transportation Association reports that House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leaders included  $21.2 billion for public transit and $16.6 billion for passenger and freight rail in H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023....

KCS Holiday Express raises over $215K to benefit 20 communities

December 21st, 2022
December 21, 2022 - TRA Newswire -Kansas City Southern (KCS) announced that the 22nd KCS Holiday Express program raised over $215,000 to benefit The Salvation Army in 20 communities in eight states where the KCS Holiday Express train stopped this year. In...

Amtrak Gulf Coast service expected start in 2023: fed grant seeks almost $179 million for route improvements

December 18th, 2022
December 18, 2022 - TRA Newswire - Passenger rail service along the Gulf Coast corridor from New Orleans eastward will return in 2023, following an agreement between railroads, ports, cities, the Southern Rail Commission and service provider Amtrak.The non-profit news site Mississippi...

Tx House Transpo Committee Interim Report: Activate Texas Rail Relo/Improvement Fund

December 16th, 2022
December 16, 2022 - TRA Austin -The Texas House Transportation Committee Interim Report recommends utilizing a long-dormant but still on-the-books fund to boost improvements to the state's rail system.The Texas Rail Relocation and Improvement Fund (appropriated fund 0306) was approved...

TX-OK-KS Heartland Flyer corridor designation request awaits fed approval

December 9th, 2022
December 9, 2020 - TRA Newswire -A tri-state DOT request for passenger rail service from Fort Worth, through Oklahoma City to Kansas now winds its way through the Washington D.C. bureaucracy. The transportation departments  of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas submitted...

Amtrak files Sunset Limited on-time complaint with the SurfBoard against Union Pacific

December 9th, 2022
December 9, 2020 - Jim Mathews, RailPassengers.org -Amtrak took deadly aim at the problem of chronically late long-distance trains in a Surface Transportation Board filing, using a complaint about the Sunset Limited’s “abysmal” performance to accuse Union Pacific of deliberately engaging in...

New group wants to convince San Antonio to support rail transit

December 9th, 2022
December 9, 2022 - SanAntonioReport.org -Around a snack-filled table inside of a vintage train car at San Antonio’s Texas Transportation Museum, 12 members of San Antonians for Rail Transit ranging in age from five to 70 met in early December for the...

TxDOT projects December 2024 completion date for Presidio rail inspection facility

December 8th, 2022
December 7, 2022 - BigBendSentinel.com -In November, TxDOT released an infographic detailing the timeline for an international rail inspection station between Presidio and Ojinaga. The project is currently slated to be completed by the end of December 2024 and would...

TxDOT Rail Division commissions short line RR economic impact study

December 5th, 2022
December 5, 2022 - TRA Newswire -The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Rail Division has commissioned Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to research the economic impact of short line railroads in Texas. They have requested support of the Texas Short...

SurfBoard wants Union Pacific to explain increase in shipper embargoes

November 23rd, 2022
November 22, 2022 - RailwayAge.com  -The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is ordering Union Pacific (UP) President and CEO Lance Fritz and other top UP executives to appear at a Dec. 13-14 public hearing on what it’s calling a “substantial increase”...