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Hotline #963: One Year Anniversary of Amtrak 188; Potential Delays for Gateway Tunnel; Economic Boost from HSR in Texas

May 13, 2016

A year ago on May 12, Amtrak Train 188 derailed outside Philadelphia. Eight people died and 200 hundred were injured in the tragic accident. It was a moment in time that changed the way the public and government agencies view passenger rail, and it forced people to closely look at appropriate funding for railroads and infrastructure, as well as technologies, like Positive Train Control (PTC), that...

Hotline #962: Fixing Bottleneck in NEC; NYC Ridership Surges; States Looking for Private Funding of HSR

May 6, 2016

Efficiency, timeliness and modern infrastructure are critical for rail services and their passengers - whether commuting between only a few stations, or traveling long distances through multiple states. It’s no surprise that if trains regularly run late, are overcrowded, and constantly need repair, passengers may look to other forms of transportation for their needs, leaving rail services with l...

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...