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G&W Texas short line enters into Justice/EPA consent decree on old locomotives

February 2nd, 2023
February 2, 2023 - TRA Newswire -Short line railroad holding company Genesee and Wyoming (G&W) will be pulling some old workhorse locomotives out of service in Texas and elsewhere following a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and...

New CEO at Austin CapMetro; New Exec. Director at Austin Transit Partnership

February 2nd, 2023
February 2, 2023 - TRA Newswire - Dottie Watkins, the interim head of Austin Capital Metro, can now drop the 'interim' tag on her title. The CapMetro Board voted this week to make Watkins President and CEO of the transportation authority....

DART Silver Line opening pushed back to late 2025-early 2026

February 1st, 2023
February 1, 2023- TRA Newswire - The start date for future rail service on the 26-mile Cotton Belt Regional Rail Corridor has been pushed back to late 2025 - early 2026 due to a myriad of issues. The Dallas Area Rapid...

FRA to study two Texas routes Amtrak cut years ago; potential to restore service

January 31st, 2023
January 31, 2023- TRA Newswire -Buried in the language of the Infrastructure bill that Congress passed in late 2021 is a directive to the Federal Railroad Administration to study routes that Amtrak either eliminated from its systemwide timetable entirely or...

Amtrak says Sunset Limited on-time performance is substandard; railroads respond to charges

January 31st, 2023
January 31, 2023 - TRA Newswire -Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Canadian National (CN) have responded to a complaint filed by Amtrak that the railroads "substandard" dispatching has affected the performance of its Sunset Limited service that runs between New...

DC: Texas U.S. Rep Troy Nehls named Chair of Subcommittee on Railroads; Austin: Senate Transpo named; no word on Texas House yet

January 30th, 2023
January 30, 2023 - TRA Newswire -Texas Congressman Nehls to head Railroad Subcommittee (Washington) - Leading the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructures' Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials will be South Texas U.S. Representative Troy Nehls (R-22nd District). The announcement came...

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...

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