Parochial Politics Shouldn't Stop Statewide Progess

One of the more exciting ventures in American passenger rail today is California’s ambitious Los Angeles to San Francisco high speed train (, All Aboard Florida has become the target of local criticism concerning the service’s impact on individual communities. These concerns were recently voiced by Representatives Patrick Murphy and Lois Frankel. building passenger rail means building good jobs (, giving Floridians another reason to rally behind All Aboard Florida. Railroads have always provided the...


How Valuable is the Northeast Corridor to Our Economy?

When looking at infrastructure investment—especially for megaprojects that cross multiple jurisdictions—it’s important to look at the case business case for investment. How much will this project cost to complete? What are the alternatives? What is the cost of not improving this infrastructure? This type of business case is imperative for the Northeast Corridor (NEC), which needs to find $52 billion in capital investment over the next 20 years just to maintain existing levels of service. This...


Hotline #857 -- April 11, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois announced on April 10 ( that the state will invest $223 million to introduce Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago, with service scheduled to start in 2015. The infrastructure investment will create hundreds of jobs, and return intercity passenger trains to communities that have gone without service since 1981. “Next year, rail service between Rockford and Chicago will finally be a reality,” Governor Quinn said. “This funding and a new route...


High Speed Rail in the Lone Star State's Future

If Texas Central Railway succeeds in building its high speed line, you can expect to see American copies of the Japanese N700 speeding between Dallas/Fort Wortth and Houston. Licensed through Wikimedia Foundation. When Americans think of high speed rail, we’ve typically thought of Amtrak’s Acela Express on the Northeast Corridor. More recently, we’ve also thought about California’s ongoing construction of a 220 mph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which, when complete, will be the...


Hotline #856 -- April 4, 2014

NARP issued a press release ( today condemning Representative Paul Ryan’s proposal to eliminate Amtrak’s operating grant—part of a comprehensive budget plan—calling it an irresponsible attack on America’s passengers that would hurt the U.S. economy if enacted: Representative Ryan’s budget directs Congress to eliminate operating subsidies for Amtrak, on the pretext that operating funds have been “insulating Amtrak from making the structural reforms necessary to start producing returns.” Though Ryan is proposing radically cuts to highway...


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