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Amtrak asks feds to investigate Norfolk Southern, CSX
The Plain Dealer
Amtrak asked the federal government to investigate Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation for "causing unacceptable delays for passengers" traveling on the Capitol Limited, which runs through Cleveland on its route between Chicago and Washington, D.C. Amtrak said it was seeking the Surface Transportation Board inquiry under the requirement that the board launch an investigation of an Amtrak complaint if the on-time performance of an intercity passenger train falls below 80 percent for two consecutive quarters.
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High-speed rail plan that's being reviewed would include Virginia town
The Free Lance-Star
One of these days there could be a high-speed rail line whisking passengers through the Fredericksburg, Virginia, region. While such a rail network is likely a long way off, a study is being conducted on what's called the Southeast High Speed Rail, a 123-mile corridor that would allow trains to travel up to 90 mph between Richmond and Washington, D.C. The corridor would be part of a larger East Coast and national network the Federal Railroad Administration started reviewing in 2002.
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MBTA opens Salem Intermodal Center, NJ Transit to serve new Princeton station
Progressive Railroading
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officially opened its new Salem Intermodal Center, which is the third-busiest station on the commuter-rail system. MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott was joined by Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll, U.S. Rep. John Tierney and other local officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center, which features a 700-car parking garage, bus, bike and Zipcar facilities, and a new pedestrian walkway to Bridge Street. The facility opened to the public last month.
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Greater Minnesota passenger rail remains in talks
Little has changed in Minnesota DOT's long-term rail plan over the past five years, though new challenges have popped up on the freight side of things. Long-term budget problems have really put the nation's desired rail projects on hold, leaving MnDOT officials with little to hang their hat on since the last time they sought public comment on the plan. That's not to say railroads aren't in high demand, as increased traffic from North Dakota's booming oil industry is tying up tracks along the state.
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Metro-North, LIRR trains to have cameras in cabs, passenger cars
The Daily Freeman
Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road plan to spend a total of $34.6 million to buy inward- and outward-facing cameras for the cabs of their trains. The outward-facing cameras will be used to record track and wayside activities. The inward-facing units will be used to record the engineers' control areas while the trains are in operation. The announcement comes about a year after a southbound Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring more than 70.
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Can high-speed rail help Dallas build a great transit system?
The big Texas plan to link Dallas and Houston by high-speed rail just got a little more promising. Recently, the Dallas News reported that project developer Texas Central Railway will choose a downtown terminal for the bullet train, rather than a stop somewhere outside the city. That means thousands of new travelers a day will pass through town once the line opens for business (in 2021, by the current schedule) — not counting the many more that would come if the line were extended to Fort Worth, let alone Austin or San Antonio.
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FTA move slows south Jersey rail proposal
The Federal Transit Administration has declined to sanction an environmental study of a proposed $1.6 billion rail transit line linking Glassboro and Camden, both in New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs, the latest setback to a service in flux for at least 18 years. FTA made its decision last July, and informed the Delaware River Port Authority, a bistate agency serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in a letter DRPA made public Oct. 7, 2014, following a request from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which broke the story.
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Progress remains slow on property acquisition for high-speed rail
The Fresno Bee
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is making painstakingly slow progress assembling the land it needs for its first 29-mile segment from northeast of Madera to the southern edge of Fresno. It got the green light from the state Public Works Board for the possible condemnations of 10 pieces of property in Madera and Fresno counties. But it needs 525 parcels in hand. And as of late October, the agency had delivered fewer than 75 parcels to its contractor for construction of the bullet-train route and structures like over- and underpasses and bridges.
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Amtrak worries about Northeast's 'Achilles heel'
The Associated Press via CBS Local
For tens of thousands of rail travelers in the Northeast each day, making a curtain time or simply getting to work can hinge on a bridge built two years before the Titanic sank. A regular cause of delays on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston, the 104-year-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in northern New Jersey is viewed as the embodiment of aging railroad infrastructure in dire need of upgrading to accommodate increasing demand in the region.
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Amtrak train makes stop in Maine city
Bangor Daily News
An Amtrak train made a stopover in Rockland, Maine, to get a look at the rail line north of Brunswick. There are no plans to expand regular commuter service to Rockland, but a company spokesman said Amtrak is always looking at opportunities to expand. Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said that the company was invited by Maine Eastern Railroad to tour the line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland. Amtrak provides service as far north as Brunswick.
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Stretch of new high-speed rail opened in restive Western China
Reuters via The New York Times
China opened the first stretch of a new high-speed railway in the western region of Xinjiang, a milestone in the central government's efforts to promote economic development in restive hinterlands and bind them closer to the rest of China. The 330-mile stretch between Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi and Hami, a city in eastern Xinjiang, is the first stage of the 1100-mile Lanxin Railway, which will connect Urumqi to Lanzhou, the capital of the northwestern province of Gansu.
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