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House Passes Two Rail Data Security Bills

April 11, 2018 - in News, Rail, Transportation

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House overwhelmingly passed two bipartisan railroad data and information security bills: H.R. 4921, the “STB Information and Security Act,” and H.R. 4925, the “FRA Safety Data Improvement Act.” Both pieces of legislation…

At Least $125 million Available to Local Communities for Rail Overpass Projects Through “Local Trax” Matching Grant Program

April 4, 2018 - in Rail, Transportation

CHESTERTON, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced the agency will make available at least $125 million for high-priority railroad…

Governor Wolf Announces New Investments in Rail Infrastructure, Supporting Business Development and 400 Jobs Statewide

March 29, 2018 - in Rail, Transportation

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 27 rail freight improvement projects that will help sustain more than 400 jobs across…

Three State DOTs Contribute to Rail Project That Won $16M TIGER Grant

March 21, 2018 - in Rail, Transportation

State departments of transportation from Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico helped fund a regional rail line improvement project that won a federal TIGER grant of $16 million this month from the USDOT. The award went to the $26.7 million Southwest Chief Route…

One-Year Delay of Gateway Project Will Cost $1.6 Billion and 366,000 Tons of CO2

March 12, 2018 - in Rail, Transportation

New York, NY – March 12, 2018 – Common Good, the nonpartisan reform coalition, today released its estimate of the cost of a one-year delay in construction of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project under the Hudson River. This estimate builds upon Common Good’s…

News Report on Another Amtrak Crash

February 5, 2018 - in Rail, Transportation, Video

Amtrak's CEO blames a freight train operator for its latest deadly accident. An engineer and conductor were killed in the crash in South Carolina, and more than 100 people were injured. The Amtrak Silver Star was traveling from New York to Miami. Kris Van…

NTSB Issues Investigative Update on Washington State Amtrak Derailment

January 29, 2018 - in Featured, Rail, Transportation

  As part of its ongoing investigation into the Dec. 18, 2017, derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in DuPont, Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday an update about the agency’s investigation.NTSB investigators interviewed…

Amtrak Begins Next Phase of Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station

January 8, 2018 - in Rail, Transportation

NEW YORK – Amtrak’s next series of track renewal projects in New York Penn Station, as part of the Infrastructure Renewal program, will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, with revised scheduled train operations commencing on Monday, Jan. 8. The bulk of the…

USDOT Statement on Amtrak Cascades Train 501

December 21, 2017 - in Featured, Rail, Transportation

DUPONT — The Washington State Department of Transportation affirmed Tuesday that it is committed to running passenger trains on a recently completed bypass that was the site of Monday's deadly derailment. Janet Matkin, spokeswoman for WSDOT's rail…

Probe Starts of Fatal Amtrak Derailment Near Seattle

December 20, 2017 - in Rail, Transportation

An Amtrak train operating from Seattle to Portland derailed on a bridge near Tacoma, Wash. on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring as many as 100. The Amtrak Cascades Train 501 was carrying approximately 78 passengers and five crew…