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Amtrak train for Illinois city still on the table
WTVO-TV
The promise of having a train that goes from Chicago, to Elgin, to Huntley, to Belvidere, and end in Rockford has been made before. In 2014, former Governor Pat Quinn came to Rockford to announce a $223 million dollar project to restart Amtrak service in the region. However, now Governor Bruce Rauner has put the plan to have train service between Chicago and Rockford on hold. Although Illinois is going through major budget cuts across the state, some say it can still happen.
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Better rail safety? Buck stops with the Senate
RailwayAge
As there is no denying the skull-and-crossbones categorization of some cargo, there is no ignoring the necessity of it to an improved quality of modern life. Breathe chlorine gas and you're dead. Ban its transport and we lay waste to efficient and affordable textile manufacturing, purified drinking water, bacteria-free swimming pools, waste-water treatment, PVC pipe for plumbing, and even manufacture of shampoo, table salt, and chocolate.
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1 day, we'll wonder what all the fuss about high-speed rail was about
The Sacramento Bee
Financially unsound, legally dubious, an aesthetic blight, an engineering hazard — opposition to high-speed rail? Nope. It's what critics said about the Golden Gate Bridge throughout the decade before construction began in 1933. At its inception, BART was similarly disdained as nothing more than a corporate tool that would destroy neighborhoods.
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With transportation funds in mind, efforts promote rail projects
The Hartford Courant
Connecticut legislators maneuver every year to land more highway funds for their home districts, but this winter they're also targeting money for a different purpose: Passenger trains. Towns from the Northwest Hills, northern Fairfield County, eastern Connecticut and the Waterbury-to-Berlin corridor are all lobbying the state to bring back passenger train service to areas where it hasn't run in decades. In most cases, they're citing economic development opportunities as the reason to modernize older freight tracks to accommodate commuter cars.
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California High-Speed Rail Authority settles suit with Bakersfield developer
Progressive Railroading
The California High-Speed Rail Authority and developer Coffee-Brimhall LLC of Bakersfield, California, have reached an agreement regarding a proposed line that would have run through the developer's property. The developer has agreed to refrain from taking legal action so long as the rail authority ceases its plans to construct any line that either "traverses or comes within one-half mile" of the property, according to a press release and local news media reports.
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Tentative deal reached for expanded Delaware railroad station
The News Journal
Delaware officials and Amtrak have reached a tentative agreement on an innovative new plan for an expanded railroad station that they believe will seamlessly blend passenger service and operations in the adjacent freight yard, boost regional passenger service and provide a modern, regional gateway to the University of Delaware's growing science and technology campus. The $35 million project, envisioned for nearly two decades and facing a 2018 deadline for expenditure of a $10 million federal grant, had stalled over the last year.
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US Transportation Secretary Foxx visits North Carolina to highlight passenger rail
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Alma Adams, and Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Dan Clodfelter along a passenger and freight railroad corridor just north of Uptown Charlotte to highlight the need for increased investments in passenger rail and rail safety. The Secretary's visit is part of a four-day, five state bus tour, The GROW AMERICA Express, highlighting the importance of investing in America's infrastructure and to encourage Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.
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State eyes Southwest Chief funding
The Pueblo Chieftain
The drive to save the Southwest Chief Amtrak route through Pueblo, Colorado, needs $8.91 million to keep chugging ahead. That finding was included in a report to the state Legislature last week, underscoring the work of the Southwest Chief Commission over the past few months. SB176, sponsored by state Sens. Leroy Garcia and Larry Crowder would provide the $8.91 million funding requested by the commission.
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Proposed Dallas high-speed rail station to be 'massive game changer'?
Clean Technica
Is the proposed downtown Dallas high-speed rail station a "massive game changer" as the head of developer Matthews Southwest has stated? An interesting question. The creation of a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston will certainly be a big change for the region. And, for that matter, would put the high-speed rail offerings in most other parts of the country to shame — a bit amusing considering that in the oversimplified rhetoric of modern politics, Texas is often portrayed as being anti "progress."
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Fed predicts up to 10 derailments a year of fuel-hauling trains
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities.
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Anti-rail group's study 'relies solely on assumptions'
Palm Beach Post
All Aboard Florida officials took aim at an economic study paid for by a local group fighting the company's plan to return passenger rail service to the Florida East Coast Railway tracks, saying the 15-page analysis "relies solely on assumptions and speculation." In a one-sentence statement sent to The Palm Beach Post, Lynn Martenstein, All Aboard Florida's Vice President of Corporate Communications, said the study is not "based on facts of figures" released by the company.
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