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Amtrak’s a hot ticket in Pacific Northwest

via Amtrak’s a hot ticket in Pacific Northwest.

Filed under: Amtrak

Hearing set on essential Oklahoma trackage

This item from a reader in the “comments” concerning the Oklahoma City Union Station has been moved forward.

The United States Court of Appeals, DC District, has called for
oral arguments September 20, 2010 in the matter of an appeal of
the STB decision that cleared the way for the destruction of the
former Frisco, "Chickasha Subdivision," rail line linking OKC
Union Station to the OKC Stockyards, Will Rogers Airport and
other strategic south central and soutwestern Oklahoma locations. 

This is the sort of thing that happens when mere citizens demand
accountability from government, doggedly pursuing the job of
American citizenship succinctly explained by Justice Robert H.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

TxDOT chiefs to discuss rail plan, federal grant, falling revenues: Will Tower 55 be the top priority? | DALLAS TRANSPORTATION Blog |

Some fairly important items coming up today for the Texas Department of Transportation, including the future of Tower 55. It is covered by the Dallas Morning News Transportation blog.

Wednesday afternoon, the Texas highway chiefs will gather to give him some input. You can watch over the web, by going here. The discussion — at a workshop in advance of Thursday’s formal Texas Transportation Commission meeting — is broadcast live beginning at 1:30 p.m. (A full agenda is here.)

Meanwhile, let’s start our own chat in the comments about what kind of rail plan the state should aim for? Should we be reaching for high-speed rail? Or focusing on improving the Amtrak service we have? Or should our efforts be focused on freight improvements, instead?

In other business, the commissioners’ views will be sought on the state’s application for TIGER II grant money. You might recall that we quoted Bill Meadows and just about everyone else from the west, as saying that the state was going to put its muscle behind an application for Tower 55 freight rail improvements in Fort Worth.

Sure enough, the request is on the list TxDOT staff is sharing with the commissioners. But so are six other projects from other parts of the state. (Initially there 10 projects, but three have fallen off the list, and others may too, staff says in a report to the commissioners.)

via TxDOT chiefs to discuss rail plan, federal grant, falling revenues: Will Tower 55 be the top priority? | DALLAS TRANSPORTATION Blog |

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

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