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NETEX: Rail operator Freedom Rail making inroads, state of Texas starting to help

July 11th, 2022
July 11, 2022 - TRA Newswire -The Texas Department of Transportation Rail Division Director Jeff Davis had some good news for the 40-plus statewide short line railroads at the Southwestern Rail Conference in Dallas in April. "We recognize the important...

When completed: Fort Worth-based Rio Grande Pacific will operate first major rail project in 30 years

July 11th, 2022
July 11, 2022 - TRA Newswire -When construction is completed, Fort Worth-based Rio Grande Pacific will operate and maintain the first major rail project in the U.S. for over 3 decades, the Uinta Basin Railway. The final regulatory obstacle to...

Fort Worth Mayor issues letter of support for Heartland Flyer corridor expansion

July 11th, 2022
July 11, 2022 - TRA Newswire -Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker has jumped aboard as a Heartland Flyer expansion train supporter with a letter to Amit Bose, Federal Railroad Administrator in Washington, D.C.The letter outlines support for re-connecting passenger rail...

Sign up for TxDOT's 10 year transportation plan hearing July 26 - voice your support for rail

July 10th, 2022
July 10, 2022 - TRA Newswire -You, as a Texas citizen, have a voice in telling the Texas Transportation Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation how you want our transportation system to be shaped in the future.On July 26,...

Texas Central says it is moving forward on Dallas-Houston high-speed rail

July 8th, 2022
July 8, 2022 - TRA Newswire -In a statement issued today, Texas Central Partners, fresh off a win at the Texas Supreme Court  that allows them eminent domain rights as a railroad, said that "we look forward to being able...

Part 7: What the Texas Supreme Court said and didn't say in Texas Central win

July 6th, 2022
July 6, 2022 - Railway Age, David Peter Alan -In the previous article in this series, I looked at the surprising decision by the Supreme Court of Texas in the case of Miles v. Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure, Inc. and Integrated Texas...

New round of public meetings as DART Silver Line construction goes full steam

July 6th, 2022
´╗┐July 6, 2022 - TRA Newswire - As construction of Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DART) newest line goes into hyper mode, the agency will hold another series of public meetings to update citizens on progress of the Plano to DFW Airport...

San Angelo's Rail Port is open for business

July 3rd, 2022
July 3, 2022 - TRA Newswire -The West Texas City of San Angelo is now in the rail park business and has high hopes for a bright future.San Angelo joins a list of other cities outside of the largest urban...

FRA announces $3 billion Rail Crossing Elimination Program - will Texas participate?

July 3rd, 2022
July 3, 2022 - TRA Newswire -On Thursday the Federal Railroad Administration announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for its newly created Railroad Crossing Elimination Program, a grant program to improve safety and mobility of people and goods.$3 billion...

Part 6: The Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas Central

June 29th, 2022
June 28, 2022 - David Peter Alan, Railway Age - Commentary and Analysis -I thought it was all over but the waiting. The beleaguered Texas Central high-speed rail (HSR) project, which would have sent fast trains between Dallas and Houston,...