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Hotline #961: FRA Announces $25 Million Grants; More Issues for Metro; New HSR Plan in CA Approved

April 29, 2016

U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced this week that he has replaced three members of Washington, D.C.’s Metro board in the face of ongoing safety issues. The three new board members, who will take office June 1, are Carol Carmody, former vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board; David Strickland, former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; an...

Hotline #960: U.S. Senate Approves Increased Funding for Rail; National Rail Network Needed To Compete on Global Economy

April 22, 2016

Two new reports have highlighted the continued growth and interest in passenger rail service throughout the U.S., in two different areas of the country - the Midwest and New York. The reports, which are described below, highlight that interest in transportation, specifically, commuter rail, is changing in the country and how people want to connect between their homes, work and other cities. This i...

Hotline #959: NARP’s “Day on the Hill,” Presidential Candidates on Mass Transit, CHSRA’s New Plans

April 15, 2016

Following NARP’s “Day on the Hill” on April 12th in Washington, D.C., president and CEO Jim Mathews and NARP Chairman Bob Stewart presented U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) with the prestigious “Golden Spike” Award at the organization’s annual Congressional Reception. The award was presented to to the two senators for their leadership in passing the bipartisan Fi...

Hotline #958: Amtrak Derailment Renews Calls for Safety; FTA Announces Transit-Oriented Development Support

April 8, 2016

Operation of the nation's rail network is and will continue to be an important safety issue that is heavily debated on Capitol Hill. The country’s rail infrastructure needs appropriate levels of funding and support to ensure that all railroads operate safely, and last week's derailment involving an Amtrak train and two deaths renewed these safety and infrastructure discussions. Following the de...

Hotline #957: USDOT Shifts Postion on OTP, Boardman Talks Amtrak's Future, WMATA Looks to Restore “World-Class” Quality

April 1, 2016

In the second round of comments submitted by Amtrak to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) regarding on-time performance (OTP) measurement for passenger rail, the U.S. Department of Transportation has shifted to back NARP’s position that all stations should be subjected to on-time standards. After an initially ambiguous statement during the initial February 8 deadline, the U.S. DOT seemed sw...