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FRA, FTA award $197 million in grants for PTC on passenger rail The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $197 million in grants last week to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads implement Positive Train Control (PTC) by Dec. 31, 2018.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Board of Commissioners approved two projects to replace aging substations in order to continue to upgrade the century-old line's infrastructure. The projects, which total $134.5 million,...
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OmniTRAX is developing a 60-day plan to return the northern portion of the Hudson Bay Railway (HBR) to service following floods that caused significant damage to the line in May.   HBR has been unable to operate...
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at a July 19 luncheon for the Long Island Association where he outlined the historic $5.6-billion transformation of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).   The LIRR system overhaul is part...
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A report submitted to Congress on July 17 says restored Gulf Coast Amtrak service would expand travel markets; improve access to jobs, education and healthcare; reduce vehicular congestion and provide support for disaster and emergency...
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The Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy (BRACE) Act, introduced in March of this year, has achieved 226 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives (H.R. 721) and 51 co-sponsors in the Senate (S....

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Rio Grande Pacific Dispatch (RGPD), formerly Nebraska Central Dispatch, has rebranded with a new name and logo, to strengthen its connection to parent company Rio Grande Pacific Corp., and more accurately depict the company's operations. The...
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued its Record of Decision (ROD) on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) FUTURE program that details a long-term vision for the corridor to improve and grow passenger rail service at a...
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The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill July 10.   The bill reduces total discretionary spending, eliminates certain grant programs, but also preserves funds for...
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Legislation to improve rail safety through amplified use of the free-market forces of competition and innovation has been introduced in the Senate by Surface Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). The Railroad Advancement of Innovation and...
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) re-opened the South Ferry Terminal Complex July 2, marking a major milestone in its Superstorm Sandy recover and resiliency efforts. The South Ferry Terminal's electrical and mechanical systems were completed destroyed...

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