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1st day of high-speed passenger rail service in Western Massachusetts
WWLP-TV
High-speed trains began making regular stops in Western Massachusetts for the first time recently. The Amtrak Vermonter service brings passengers between St. Albans, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., and will now make stops in Greenfield, Northampton and Springfield. The Vermonter will also begin stopping in Holyoke after the platform there is complete. The previous Vermonter route, which traveled at slower speeds, stopped only in Springfield and Amherst, and took an additional half an hour.
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California groundbreaking marks true beginning of HSR in America
Climate Progress
Recently, California's bullet train, which will truncate commutes across the state and forever change how people get around, breaks ground in the Central Valley hub of Fresno. The process up to this point has been anything but high-speed, and supporters hope the ceremonial groundbreaking will usher in a new era that eventually brings the full rail system into use by 2028. A first-of-its-kind project in the U.S., it may also be a major step on the path towards other high-speed rails in places like Texas and the northeast corridor.
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Construction begins on California's $68 billion high-speed rail line
NPR
One of the biggest transportation projects the country has ever seen broke ground recently in Fresno, California. In theory, building the much-delayed high-speed rail line would allow a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours, with speeds of over 200 miles an hour. The milestone comes six years after voters first approved an almost $10 billion bond act to fund the project. But that bond, plus about $3 billion in federal funds, still leaves the project about $55 billion short of the cost to get the line up and running by 2030.
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California's Brown pushes bullet train as Republicans oppose it
Bloomberg
More than six years after California voters approved a $10 billion bond measure to help finance a bullet train system, full-scale construction is finally set to begin even as Republicans in Congress vow to block further funding. Officials with the California High-Speed Rail Authority will break ground in Fresno, a farming hub about 150 miles south of Sacramento.
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America's biggest high-speed rail just broke ground, many still unhappy
Huffington Post
It had a low-speed start, but America's biggest, fastest high-speed rail project finally broke ground in Fresno, California, about halfway between the two major cities it hopes to connect by 2029 — if it can cross some longstanding financial and political hurdles. According to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour.
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Passenger rail can restart New Hampshire's economic engine
New Hampshire Business Review
According to a preliminary report recently released by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, expanded passenger rail in New Hampshire could be the game-changer the New Hampshire economy needs. The preliminary study outlines what many believe will happen if we figure out how to make passenger rail a reality for New Hampshire: It can be the key to restarting the state's economic engine.
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Amtrak looks to get Empire Builder schedule on track after year of delays
LaCrosse Tribune
Amtrak's Empire Builder line will return to its normal schedule, nine months after the passenger rail service padded its timetable to accommodate rail construction. The national passenger rail service is hoping the return marks an end to disruptions that have taken a toll on passenger numbers. "We have great optimism the train is going to be operating reliably when we return to the former schedule," Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.
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Amtrak, state begin marketing new rail line to attract riders
Meriden Record-Journal
Carmela Fichera is a native New Yorker who moved to Connecticut 32 years ago and insists on living and working near public transportation. Recently, instead of driving, Fichera walked to the Meriden Transit Center where she boarded an 11:22 a.m. train to celebrate New Year's Eve in New Haven with friends. "It's second nature," Fichera said. "I used to commute to New York by train. Amtrak is a more comfortable ride. I love it. I'm a brave soul because I've done it all my life. But my friends say I'm nuts."
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Amtrak launches Northeast Corridor website
Progressive Railroading
Amtrak has unveiled a new website dedicated to providing news and information about the Northeast Corridor. NEC.amtrak.com will include information about improvement projects underway and the railroad's vision for the corridor's future, Amtrak officials said in the "Amtrak Ink" newsletter.
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Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail's speed bump — property values
Houston Business Journal
An estimated 400 people packed in to a community meeting at Lutheran North High School to voice their opinions on the Texas Central Railway, a proposed high-speed rail from Dallas to Houston. Elected officials of state and local offices, presidents of homeowners association, realtors and concerned constituents were in the audience, and most had concerns or criticisms of the proposed routes of the bullet train, and the potential impact it could have on the property values of their homes.
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Amtrak California corridor at near-record ridership and revenue levels
KPIX-TV
One Bay Area, California, Amtrak rail corridor nearly set a record for ridership and revenue in November, despite lower gas prices, Amtrak officials have announced. November data for the San Joaquin line to Bakersfield from both Sacramento and San Francisco show that November ridership and revenue was at its second highest level in more than a decade. The San Joaquin is the fifth busiest corridor in the Amtrak nationwide system, according to the company.
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