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Iowa City-Chicago railway plans are a no-go for now – Railway Track and Structures

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will not allocate funds for the Iowa City-Chicago railway in the near future, the governor’s communications director, Tim Albrecht, is reported saying in The Daily Iowan.

Iowa City-Chicago railway plans are a no-go for now – Railway Track and Structures.

Filed under: Amtrak, Regional USA Passenger Rail

French rail exec Denis Doute discusses high-speed rail in Texas | Dallas Transportation Blog | dallasnews.com

Doute insisted that there is no high-speed rail corridor in America that can be financed primarily by private sources, or in France either, for that matter. He said tax money would need to cover about 57 percent of the costs of a Texas line, with the private operator — a company like his, for instance — directly investing about 17 percent. The company could finance the remaining 26 percent, and pay it over over time using the profits from the rail line.

French rail exec Denis Doute discusses high-speed rail in Texas | Dallas Transportation Blog | dallasnews.com.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

Modern rail helps rural areas | TheGazette

Developing modern rail service is an important step to address this rural need. For example, there are almost 600,000 people living within 50 miles of Iowa City along the planned Des Moines-Iowa City — Chicago rail line. New rail service would provide rural residents with better access to Chicago, Des Moines and the other in-between cities.

Modern rail helps rural areas | TheGazette.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Blogs and Transportation Resources

Mica, Shuster offer NEC HSR critique – RailwayAge Magazine

Opening statements Thursday from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) and Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) on high speed rail for the Northeast Corridor found both in support of HSR, though clearly questioning the approach outlined by President Obama (which the President reiterated during his State of the Union address Tuesday, surprising many and delighting HSR activists).

Mica, Shuster offer NEC HSR critique – RailwayAge Magazine.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

Why Cutting Rail Funding Would Hurt America’s Transportation Future » INFRASTRUCTURIST

Why Cutting Rail Funding Would Hurt America’s Transportation Future » INFRASTRUCTURIST.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

NJ Refuses to Repay $271 Million to Feds for Axed Arc Tunnel – WNYC

Typical Republican fantasy world of fiscal irresponsibility.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie told the Federal Transit Administration Tuesday night that he would refuse the agency’s demand to have the state pay $271 million for early work done on the cancelled trans-Hudson ARC Tunnel.

NJ Refuses to Repay $271 Million to Feds for Axed Arc Tunnel – WNYC.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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