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Hotline #926

August 28, 2015

Photo courtesy of Amtrak An attempted attack by an armed man aboard a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris has now brought rail security in the United States into the spotlight, including the question on whether current security measures are adequate, reported the New York Times. Unlike airports, which are guarded with multiple layers of security — including airport police and Transportat...

Hotline #925

August 21, 2015

A vintage post card of of the Hudson River Tunnels. Image courtesy of the Northeast Corridor Commission. As the wrangling over when a new Hudson River Tunnel will be built and who will pay for it, the New York Times editorial board urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to “get on board” with the Gateway project. The editorial noted that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) recently met with Transportat...

Hotline #924

August 14, 2015

Now that Congress is out for its summer recess, the fate of the Hudson River tunnel continues to be the hot news topic. Rail advocate Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has joined Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J) to position themselves as the brokers to come up with a permanent solution. Schumer wants to create a new partnership called the Gateway Development Corporation, reports Politico New York. The corpora...

Hotline #923

August 7, 2015

All Aboard Florida secured approval to sell $1.75 billion in municipal bonds from the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) on August 5. The proceeds of the bond issuance will help finance creation of a $2.5 billion privately-run rail corridor that will connect communities between Miami and Orlando with frequent, fast train service. All Aboard president Michael Reininger was on hand t...

Hotline #922

July 31, 2015

It was a busy July for transportation in Washington, D.C., and your NARP leadership and staff have been working hard to make sure the voices of America’s passengers are being heard on the Hill. The U.S. Senate was just able to beat a July 31st deadline to pass a long-term transportation bill on July 30 by a vote of 65 to 34. The Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE...