December 29, 2010 • 5:21 pm
Eastern Jackson County, MO —
Here’s what’s coming down the tracks.
Illinois now says it will have so-called high-speed rail service from Chicago to St. Louis by 2014, which puts that service on Missouri’s doorstep. Eventual plans are to plug Missouri’s cross-state line – the Amtrak line, Kansas City to St. Louis, with stops in Independence and elsewhere – into that Illinois line, part of a Midwest high-speed network.
But is it really high speed? Is it really enough?
Missouri part of plan for fast rail – Independence, MO – The Examiner.
Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail
December 28, 2010 • 11:33 am
December 23, 2010 • 3:36 pm
Billions of dollars in federal grants for high-speed rail had been tied up across the nation while states and private railroads, which are supposed to provide rights of way, negotiated agreements aimed at ensuring adequate room for both freight and passenger trains. Rail companies had balked at proposals that they would have to pay financial penalties if passenger trains don’t run on time.
Flatau said he believes Illinois is the first state to negotiate an agreement with the Union Pacific, the nation’s largest railroad.
IDOT, railroads reach $1.1 billion deal on high-speed rail – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.
Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail
December 22, 2010 • 8:57 am
December 22, 2010 • 8:55 am
December 21, 2010 • 8:06 am
Virginia and Norfolk Southern Railway have joined forces to restore passenger rail service back to Norfolk for the first time since 1977.
The two parties announced Monday that they have entered into an agreement where the Norfolk-based public railroad company will work with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to upgrade the Norfolk Southern tracks between Norfolk and Petersburg so they will be suitable for passenger trains.
Virginia Business – News: Virginia and Norfolk Southern sign agreement to restore passenger rail to Norfolk.
Filed under: Amtrak, Regional USA Passenger Rail