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How transit agencies are trying to attract millennial riders
Progressive Railroading
Millennials — defined as people between the ages of 18 and 34 — are members of the largest and most diverse generation in American history. Their adroitness at using technology and their predisposition for living in urban neighborhoods and taking a train or bus to get around is already influencing trends in the transportation field.
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America's planned bullet train would be the world's cheapest
Time
Fares on California's much-hyped high-speed rail system are projected to cost less — sometimes far less — than ticket prices on existing bullet trains around the globe. The estimated costs involved in California's planned bullet train have changed over the years.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

A steam locomotive that has spent the last 37 years at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will be going home to West Virginia this spring. The engine, known as the Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 4 (nicknamed "Slobberface"), will be trucked to Cass, W.Va., where the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad will get it back in running condition to run mountain excursions in 2016.
 


USDOT's Foxx warns state transportation leaders of federal funding expiration
Progressive Railroading
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx notified state transportation leaders that all federal participation in transportation infrastructure construction will stop if the current funding legislation expires May 31. If Congress doesn't pass an extension of the federal transportation funding law known as MAP-21 or pass a new transportation authorization bill by that date, the federal government will not be able to reimburse states for transportation infrastructure construction costs or provide technical support, Foxx wrote in a letter to state transportation directors.
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Amtrak trains roar into town
CNN
The romance of a train trip cannot be denied. While local municipalities debate regional transit and Amtrak fights for funding in Congress, trains continue to fascinate adult and child-sized enthusiasts alike. That's why Amtrak is sponsoring Amtrak Train Days starting Saturday, May 9, at Chicago's Union Station.
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'Awesome' new PATH station at World Trade Center opens
amNewYork
New Jersey commuters will get to grace the newest PATH platform to open in the World Trade Center transportation hub designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. Crews were still adding coats of white paint and Windexing glass to get the platform ready for 50,000 daily riders.
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Railroad executive says safety has been improved
Salt Lake Tribune
The president of the nation's second-biggest commuter railroad told state lawmakers on Monday that progress is being made toward improving safety and reliability following a series of high-profile accidents and service disruptions two years ago. Appearing before the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, Metro-North Railroad President Joseph Giulietti listed numerous reforms taken or underway to improve the system since he became president in February 2014.
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A look at the trains that built the Orange County coast
Los Angeles Times
As Los Angeles began building rail lines three decades ago, Orange County shrugged. Instead, the county built a network of toll roads. But it wasn't always that way. As O.C. officials consider building the first new streetcar line in a century, here's a brief history of Orange County rail from The Times.
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How did Amtrak go so wrong?
Popular Mechanics
Tom Waits once sang, "Money's just something you throw off the back of a train." He could have been singing about Amtrak, everyone's favorite unprofitable, publicly subsidized railway system. Amtrak was created during the Nixon administration to sustain passenger train travel in the United States. Up until then, U.S. passenger rail service was in decline, losing money to air travel and an ever-growing car culture.
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Officials break ground on Raleigh Union Station
WRAL-TV
State and city officials officially broke ground on the site of Raleigh, North Carolina's, new Union Station downtown. The passenger rail station, scheduled to open in 2017, will replace the often overcrowded Amtrak Station on Cabarrus Street. Located in Raleigh's Warehouse District, the almost $80 million station will serve more riders and longer trains.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Why can't America have high-speed trains? (CNN)
Senator slams GOP plan for Amtrak (The Hill)
California's high-speed rail from Bakersfield to Palmdale (Kern Golden Empire)
New Jersey's Fox talks tunnel with US transportation secretary (NJ Biz)
Unions to Senate: Get moving on Amtrak funding (The Hill)

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