Friday, November 6, 2009

Statement from Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Joseph C. Szabo
Contact: Mark PaustenbachTelephone: 202-493-6024
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 (Washington, DC)

“We have received numerous applications from states and groups of states for the development of high-speed and intercity passenger rail programs for grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These include 45 applications from 24 states totaling approximately $50 billion to advance high-speed rail corridor programs. We also received 214 applications from 34 states totaling $7 billion for corridor planning and smaller projects.
Due to the overwhelming response and our desire to lay the groundwork for a truly national high-speed and intercity passenger rail program, we will be announcing all awards this winter. Our selections will be merit-based and will reflect President Obama’s vision to remake America’s transportation landscape. We look forward to further evaluating these proposals and spurring economic development while providing Americans with clean, energy-efficient transportation choices in the years and decades to come.”

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Traffic Slips at Short Lines The Journal of Commerce Online Freight traffic slid 2.2 percent in the latest week at small North American railroads measured by the RMI railconnect index. RMI said the 338 reporting ...

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P&W Railroad protests commuter rail horn-noise reduction plan TheTimes TriMet requested the waiver from the railway administration in June after WES safety horn noise at crossings along the 14.7-mile commuter rail route ...

Koppers Holdings Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results CNNMoney.com (press release)This increase was offset by anticipated lower sales in Railroad and Utility Products (R&UP), which decreased 11 percent, or $14.0 million. ...

Rail cars arrive for refurbishment TheReporter.com Wednesday marked the first installment of Mare Island newcomer business Alstom's plans to refurbish 66 Amtrak Capitol Corridor trains.

UP freight train hits another in South Texas Houston Chronicle 2009 AP PLEASANTON, Texas — A conductor suffered minor injuries after jumping from one Union Pacific freight train before it struck another in South Texas. ...

Pinsly to acquire two Arkansas short lines Progressive Rail Roading(WSR) by purchasing the short line's stock from Potlatch Land & Lumber LLC Pinsly also plans to acquire the Prescott and Northwestern Railroad Co. ...

Historic railway yanked away Sioux City Journal The project, at one point set for a completion date of 2007, was slowed as the city negotiated an agreement with the Canadian National Railway and Union ...

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