Dr. Gridlock: Passenger Rail


Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Feds to loan Amtrak millions for new locomotives

The federal government plans to loan Amtrak about $563 million to buy 70 locomotives to run along the busy Northeast and Keystone corridors.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  06:50 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail | Tags:  Amtrak

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Heat restrictions for MARC Brunwick, Camden lines

The Maryland Transit Administration reports that CSX has issued heat restrictions for its tracks until 7 p.m. Thursday. This will affect trains on the Brunswick and Camden lines, which will operate 20 miles per hour under their normal maximum speed.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  12:46 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Passenger Rail

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 05/09/2011

NE to receive $800 million in federal rail funds

The Northeast will receive almost $800 million in federal funding to updgrade rail service along the heavily traveled corridor, according to an announcement made Monday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:28 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Gladys Knight to host Amtrak train day events

Soul singer Gladys Knight plans to be at Union Station Saturday to host Amtrak’s fourth annual National Train Day festivities.

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:09 AM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Amtrak to install fence along Middle River tracks

Amtrak plans to install a fence along tracks in Middle River, Md., where a 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by a train last year.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

The U.S. budget is still dominating the discussion, as pundits analyze the cuts agreed to in the 2011 budget compromise.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Passenger Rail, BRAC

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Amtrak to continue running trains during shutdown

Amtrak says a government shutdown won’t affect its operations along the busy Northeast Corridor or anywhere else in the country.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC, Commuter Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Amtrak seeks funds for rail upgrades

Amtrak is seeking nearly $1.3 billion to speed trains between Boston and Washington.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Rally planned for high-speed rail

MILWAUKEE -- A group unhappy about federal train funds being shifted from Wisconsin is holding a rally in Milwaukee Monday. In a news release, Citizen Action of Wisconsin accuses Gov.-Elect Scott Walker of costing Wisconsin 13,000 jobs.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  11:30 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 12/09/2010

DOT redirects high-speed rail funds

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said $1.2 billion in high-speed rail funds originally designated for Wisconsin and Ohio will be redirected to states "eager" to develop faster-rail corridors. California and Florida will be the top recipients of the money, receiving as much as $624 million and $342.3 million respectively, the Transportation Department said in a statement today. DOT recently announced awards of $2.4 billion for high-speed rail projects in 23 states, including $45.4 million for Virginia to help fund studies and preliminary engineering to improve service between Richmond and Washington. The administration previously distributed $8 billion in stimulus money for high-speed rail projects.

By Bloomberg News and Staff Reports  |  03:29 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Rail Advisory Board could be axed

An advisory board that has advocated for rail projects in Virginia is in jeopardy as the governor looks to make government more efficient. Formed about six years ago under Gov. Mark Warner, the Rail Advisory Board brings members of Virginia Railway Express, CSX, Norfolk Southern, the railroad unions and other organizations together to support rail projects and improve freight and passenger rail in the commonwealth. Governor Robert F. McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, however, recommended in its report released last week that the rail board be eliminated. It is one of 133 recommendations the commission made to McDonnell, who is now reviewing all the items with the goal of streamlining government and cutting costs.

By Jennifer Buske  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 11/04/2010

San Diego's underground railroad

Metro's anticipating an $89 million budget deficit, but along the San Diego-Tijuana border, drug dealers appear to have had no trouble financing their own operational rail system, which carted marijuana along an 1,800-foot tunnel.

By Luke Rosiak  |  02:45 PM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 10/18/2010

New funding could save rail tunnel

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll consider restarting a stalled New Jersey-New York rail tunnel if someone else helps pick up the tab. Otherwise, the Republican governor says he's comfortable walking away from the $9 billion project. Christie's transit team has until Friday to identify financial options that could keep construction on track.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:01 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Passenger Rail, Passenger Rail