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Railroads Gain Leeway on Safety Rule – WSJ.com

I think this is probably a good thing. It would potentially  remove one main obstacle for renewed service in the Florida panhandle on the Sunset route.

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration has agreed to scale back requirements for new anticollision technology on freight trains, in an attempt to resolve a legal dispute over the multibillion-dollar safety initiative.

The move could potentially save the freight-railroad industry hundreds of millions of dollars as it works to meet a congressional mandate for installing collision-avoidance hardware, known as “positive train control.” 

Railroads Gain Leeway on Safety Rule – WSJ.com.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

RAILWAY AGE COMMENTARY ON HIGH SPEED RAIL – RailwayAge Magazine

… If the Obama Administration really wants to see a corridor in the United States that meets international high speed standards—trains cruising at 200 mph—the fastest path right now may be to transfer Florida’s funds to California, just as the DOT recently transferred funds in smaller amounts from Ohio and Wisconsin, which rejected them, to Florida and California

RAILWAY AGE COMMENTARY ON HIGH SPEED RAIL – RailwayAge Magazine.

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

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