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T&I Committee unveils passenger-rail reform bill
Progressive Railroading
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and other committee leaders yesterday introduced the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, which would address infrastructure needs, transparency and other issues for Amtrak. "By compelling Amtrak to operate more like a true business, cutting red tape, and opening the door to more private sector resources, we can make some long overdue improvements to passenger rail transportation in the United States," Shuster said.
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Illinois' plan for Amtrak service from Chicago to Rockford on hold
The Associated Press via Chicago Tribune
A plan to restart Amtrak service between Chicago and Rockford is on hold. A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says the project is part of his review of state spending projects. Rauner signed an executive order freezing discretionary spending and temporarily barring agencies from awarding contracts without approval. Former Gov. Pat Quinn last spring announced a $223 million plan to restart the service for the first time since the 1980s. Construction hasn't started on the line.
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Editorial: Cleveland intermodal hub serving Amtrak, Greyhound and RTA's Rapid deserves consideration
The Plain Dealer
A proposal to merge Amtrak, Greyhound and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority rail service at one location has captured the imagination of local transportation planners. The site being considered for an intermodal hub is at the west end of the Muni Lot in an area served by the RTA Rapid's Waterfront Line and near the current Amtrak station, according to a recent Plain Dealer article by Alison Grant. The concept of such a hub, which could also tie in with regional bus service, local trolleys, taxis and bicycles, has been around for years.
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Bullet train station sites are a bullet in the head for South Dallas
Dallas Observer
So sad. Pathetic. Recently, the bullet train people announced their two preferred sites for a station in Dallas, Texas, and none of the elected southern Dallas leadership seems even to have noticed that they just got screwed. In fact, southern Dallas just got screwed out of what could have been its biggest economic boon since it screwed itself out of Richard Allen's Inland Port deal. Two Southern Dallas council members, Tennell Atkins and Carolyn Davis, didn't even see the pot get swept off the poker table.
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Florida DOT plan in works to connect Tampa to Jacksonville
WTLV-TV
Trends in growth have convinced the Florida Department of Transportation to plan a connection between the Tampa Bay and Jacksonville areas, a new study shows. The study, from 2013, is a brainchild of Florida Future's Corridors, a cooperative effort between FDOT and its partners to plan the future of Florida transportation over the next 50 years. Ron Tittle, a spokesperson for FDOT, has stressed that this plan is still in the "concept" phase. "From what I'm hearing, this is still years out," Tittle said.
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Indiana lone holdout in long-term deal for Amtrak lines
The Associated Press via WISH-TV
The hum of incandescent lights fills downtown Indianapolis' sleepy Amtrak waiting room when the intercom crackles on at 5:30 a.m., stirring bleary-eyed travelers with the news that they'll soon be boarding the Hoosier State line, bound for Chicago. But what lies ahead isn't a swift 196-mile journey between the cities. It's a more than five-hour trek — some two hours longer than the trip would take by car. And that journey can drag on significantly longer when bottlenecks seize up the Chicago area's ribbons of freight rail lines.
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Chattanooga rail study to include look at possible passenger service to Atlanta, Nashville
The Chattanoogan
A $700,000 study on setting up a 23-mile light rail system in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will also take a look at resuming passenger train service to Atlanta and Nashville, officials said. The work scope of the study says, "The study will also consider the feasibility of restoring passenger rail connections from Chattanooga to neighboring cities like Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville effectively leveraging the investment in intracity rail in the city to further enhance accessibility.
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Partnership between NJ Transit, Rutgers needed for students
The Daily Targum
In December 2014, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority announced its plan to launch a University Pass pilot program for Northeastern, Harvard and Tufts University. The U-PASS pilot would require a complete buy-in from one or more area universities to purchase monthly transit passes at a 50 percent discount for all of their students. At Rutgers, students are easily connected with New York City and Philadelphia via the Northeast Corridor Line.
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Los Angeles transit officials seek input on proposed LAX station
Progressive Railroading
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host a "scoping" meeting Feb. 23 to solicit public comments on a proposed station that will connect L.A. International Airport to the Metro regional rail system. The Airport Metro Connector Transit Station planned would connect with an automated people mover to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports.
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Don't expect Amtrak to stop at Texas Santa Fe Depot
Amarillo Globe-News via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The rules appear to have changed and the odds of Amarillo, Texas, regaining passenger rail service look like they're fading despite local optimism. "The prospects (the Southwest Chief) will be rerouted to Texas are about nil," said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. "I think we've made it clear we want to keep it on the current route."
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VRE proposes fare hikes, outlines long, long-term expansion
WTOP-FM
Commuters on Virginia Railway Express may have to pay more for their trip starting this summer, as the rail service adds a new Fredericksburg line train, opens the new Spotsylvania station and makes safety upgrades. VRE is proposing a four percent fare hike, and a $2 increase in the cost of Amtrak step-up tickets beginning in July. The fare hike would cost a rider with a monthly pass from Fredericksburg to Union Station about $12 more per month, a rider from Broad Run or Manassas about $10 more per month and a rider from Woodbridge about $9 more per month.
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