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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...

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...

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