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‘We believe in this': Biden admin backs Dallas to Houston high-speed rail

April 7th, 2024
April 7, 2024 - NBCDFW.com - Phil Prazen -On the Channel 5 Lone Star Politics program today, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said he supports a Dallas to Houston bullet train, calling it "one of the most interesting and promising projects...

Feds say 2-person train crew is the rule, tho there may be some exceptions

April 2nd, 2024
April 2, 2024 - TRA Newswire - After two years of listening to all sides of the issue, the Federal Railroad Administration ruled today that two-person crews will be maintained on most all rail routes in the U.S., though there may...

2 Views from UT-Dallas students- trains over towers: Why DFW desperately needs the high-speed rail plan

April 1st, 2024
April 1, 2024 - UTDMercury.com - Gregorio Olivares Gutierrez | News Editor -If demolishing the Reunion Tower is necessary for implementing intercity high-speed rail in Texas, then it is critical we do it to help combat congestion while improving local communities. Comets...

Distributed power: Central Texas' Austin Western is starting to look like a Class 1 railroad

April 1st, 2024
April 1, 2024 - TRA Newswire -Tucked in the hills and plains of Central Texas, short-line Austin Western Railroad is nearing completion of a project that you'd normally only find on a class 1 railroad like Union Pacific or BNSF...

Big step forward for restored international rail bridge between Presidio TX and Ojinaga MX

March 29th, 2024
March 29, 2024 - TRA Newswire (Austin) -Reopening of the Rio Grande rail bridge, between Ojinaga, Mexico and Presidio, in deep Southwest Texas took a giant step forward Thursday when the Texas Transportation Commission approved letting of a $33 million...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton targets Austin’s light-rail plans

March 26th, 2024
March 21, 2024 - TexasStandard.org -Austin’s effort to build a high-frequency urban rail network is facing a challenge from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose legal arguments seek to dismantle the funding mechanism behind the voter-endorsed transit expansion.In a court filing,...

Guest Contribution: The Brazos Valley should welcome passenger rail

March 25th, 2024
March 25, 2024 - TheBatt.com - Garion Frankel, Guest Contributor -In 1867, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, after years of delay, rumbled into Bryan for the first time, greeted by raucous celebrations glorifying the Brazos Valley’s newfound connections to the outside world. Along with...

Little Flatonia sees big things ahead with a future Amtrak stop

March 25th, 2024
March 25, 2024 - TRA Newswire -You've probably seen the signs announcing Flatonia when traveling along Interstate 10 in South Texas. It's about halfway between San Antonio and Houston in Fayette County. You'll pass a number of other smaller towns...

Amtrak's FY25 Grant/Legislative package has request for Texas & Oklahoma upgrades

March 24th, 2024
March 24, 2024 - TRA Newswire -Amtrak's recent General and Annual Legislative Report and Fiscal Year 2025 Grant Request to Congress holds some hope for improvements to the three three trains that serve Texas.If approved, a $25 million Texas and...

UT-Austin/ FRA study looks at electrification of railway lines

March 24th, 2024
March 24, 2024 - TRA Newswire -The University of Texas at Austin is about halfway through a federally funded project to re-examine the economics of converting mainline railways from diesel-powered trains to electrified operations.The project at UT-Austin is to be...

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