Hotline #858 -- April 18, 2014

When Florida East Coast (http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp?v=2 c=J848xqA9%2FjBEDbu%2F4d4QfOcTQg8VIfos) announced it was privately funding a fast and frequent train service between Orlando and Miami via the East Coast, there was widespread support for the project from all corners. In recent weeks, we’ve seen a small-but-vocal minority initiate a campaign to kill the train. NARP has launched a campaign (http://narprail.org/take-action/action-alerts/2553-all-aboard-florida-needs-your-help) to rally support for the project, because the fact is: All Aboard Florida represents the best chance Floridians have...


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What Do Young People Seek in a Place to Live... and Stay?

We’ve long known that young people are choosing to live in cities in increasing numbers. Recent research shows that beyond just moving to urban areas, they’re staying put, and “settling down” is no longer synonymous with “suburbs.” The reasons for this trend are up for debate. Some say relatively poor job prospects have young adults pushing off families and home ownership. Others call the allure of cities the driving force, especially as places like Washington, Baltimore,...


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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 (http://sfappeal.com/2012/07/gov-brown-on-high-speed-rail-the-world-is-full-of-nimbys-and-fearful-men/), 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 (http://www.narprail.org/news/narp-blog/2530-build-trains-build-jobs), giving Floridians another reason to rally behind All Aboard Florida. Railroads have always provided the...


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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...


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Hotline #857 -- April 11, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois announced on April 10 (http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm) 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...


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