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Texas conference on fast trains

“Fast-Tracking Texas Trains”

Mark your calendar for Thursday night January 15 and Friday January 16
for the 5th Annual South Central Rail Corridor Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas. Register at

Presenters from BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, Texas Department
of Transportation, GO21, International Air-Rail, City of Dallas, City of Fort Worth, Regional Transportation Council, Talgo and others.

Special reduced registration for members of NARP, RPCA, TxARP, NRHS,
AOS or other non-profit rail oriented organizations if booked before
January 3rd.

Hosted by Texas Rail Advocates.

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

The Dan Patch Corridor: More commuter rail in the Twin Cities?

I have to apologize for my absence the last few days, but I just finished up with exams up here at college, including a journalism piece I wrote about the Dan Patch Commuter rail line, running from Northfield, MN (where my school, Carleton College, is located) to Minneapolis. It’s a good example of just how freaking hard it is to make commuter rail projects happen in auto-dependent areas like the Twin Cities. It’s going up on a local blog and the Twin Cities Daily Planet, but I made sure I could put it up here as well (click through for the full story):
In the Obama-Era, Plans Revive for a Northfield-Twin Cities Rail Line

In the Obama-Era, Plans Revive for a Northfield-Twin Cities Rail Line

By Logan Nash

With the national economy still a giant question mark, Northfield community leaders are pushing ahead to revive a long-delayed project to build a commuter rail line that would link the town to the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

The national economic downturn is precisely why a serious reconsideration of the commuter line, called the Dan Patch Corridor, is especially warranted right now, the line’s advocates say.

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BART extension approved

If California is, as often proposed, a predictor of national trends, the future is bright. The big news here is the super-majority requirement to impose this one-eighth cent sales tax. It took 66% of the 600,000 votes cast to approve a project that will be complete in ten years. has tonight’s story, but here is the most relevant portion.

The BART expansion will run from Fremont through Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara, adding six stops to the line. The $6.1 billion project would also connect BART with Caltrain, the Altamont Commuter Express, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority lines, Amtrak and the future high-speed rail line.

Yeah, it’s transit, but this is really big news. We have had a lot of that lately.

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

Rail ridership in California still up

Progressive Railroading has the latest. Mostly good news, with some decline in southern parts of the state. Read it all here.

During the first month of the new federal fiscal year, ridership on the Auburn-to-San Jose Capitol Corridor totaled 157,353 — a new October record. Ridership rose 16.8 percent compared with October 2007’s total.

On the Oakland-Sacramento-Bakersfield San Joaquins, ridership rose 22.6 percent year-over-year to 79,233. 

Filed under: Amtrak, Regional USA Passenger Rail

HSR proposals near

Florida Rep. John Mica will start briefings today on upcoming HIgh Speed Rail proposals on 11 designated corridors. Progressive Rail News is following developments with this report.

The bill requires the USDOT to solicit project proposals by Dec. 15 from the private sector for the 11 federally designated high-speed rail corridors. Governors and mayors, freight and commuter railroads, labor organizations and Amtrak will evaluate the proposals for each corridor.

Well, it’s a beginning.

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

Auto Train returns Saturday

WESH files a report.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Travelers on Amtrak’s Auto Train will resume service on Saturday, officials said Thursday. 

The Auto Train, which carries passengers and their cars between Sanford and Lorton, Va., was canceled on Tuesday after inspectors found cracks in one of the carriers.

Filed under: Amtrak, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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