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5 Amtrak board nominees to appear at Senate confirmation hearing - 1 has a Texas connection

September 6th, 2022
September 6, 2022 - TRA Newswire -U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is convening a full committee hearing this week to consider five Presidential nominations to the Amtrak Board of Directors.One of...

U.S. Senator Cassidy: Passenger rail service could be coming to NW Louisiana, Texas

August 31st, 2022
On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Senator Bill Cassidy met with city officials and community leaders to discuss the possibility of this passenger rail service to run between Atlanta and the Dallas/Fort Worth region through north Louisiana. Cassidy says the likelihood of...

Texas Transportation Commission announces record $85 billion 10-year highway plan – fails in rail funding

August 31st, 2022
August 30, 2022 – TRA Austin –The Texas Transportation Commission approved a record $85 billion highway construction plan Tuesday during their August meeting but left funding for freight and passenger rail projects out in the cold, again.It was a record day for...

Texas Rail Advocates calls on state to invest in freight and passenger rail projects

August 30th, 2022
August 30, 2022 - KXAN.com - Candy Rodriguez -AUSTIN — Nonprofit Texas Rail Advocates President Peter LeCody will meet with the Texas Transportation Commission Tuesday. He’s urging the commission to call on state lawmakers this upcoming session and apply for...

TX Rail Advocates urge TxDOT for $200M in excess funds for rail projects

August 15th, 2022
AUgust 16, 2022 - TRA Newswire -In a letter to Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Marc Williams, Texas Rail Advocates is asking the agency to apply for a share of excess revenue that the state legislature will distribute during...

Talks underway for rail link between Louisiana port project and Dallas Inland Port

August 10th, 2022
August 09, 2022 - RailwayAge.com -Developers and port officials in Dallas County have been speaking with officials building the new Plaquemines Port Harbor and Terminal District/Louisiana Gateway Project, Transport Topics reported on Aug. 8, about expanding the reach of the Gulf of Mexico...

New Houston-area Class III industrial park railroad debuts this week

August 10th, 2022
August 10, 2022 - TRA Newswire -A new short line railroad in a Baytown industrial park is expected to start service this week to provide common carrier service and interline with both BNSF and Union Pacific Railroad. TGS Cedar Port...

Port of Corpus Christi shows off new WATCO locomotives, newest Texas short line railroad

August 2nd, 2022
August 2, 2022 - TRA Newswire -Watco’s newest short line, the Texas Coastal Bend Railroad (TCBR), unveiled two locomotives emblazoned with the Port of Corpus Christi logo at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.The locomotives are part of Watco’s five locomotive investment...

Of Bees and Butterflies in Texas: Not the usual UP and CP-KCS news

August 2nd, 2022
August 2, 2022 - TRA Newswire -CP-KCS joins forces to protect the monarch while UP gets rid of a stinging situation.It's not the type of rail news that comes across our desk every day but we're more than happy to...

CP-KCS merger raises Texas concerns from other Class 1 railroads

July 28th, 2022
Updated July 29, 2022 - TRA Newswire -Several Class 1 railroads are raising concerns over freight rail congestion in the Houston region and access to international rail gateways at the Texas-Mexico border in Surface Transportation Board (STB) hearings on the...