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Bombardier gets go-ahead for SunRail gear – RailwayAge Magazine

Bombardier gets go-ahead for SunRail gear – RailwayAge Magazine.

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Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

House passes bill that would divert money from electrical upgrades on N.J. Northeast Corridor Line | NJ.com

House passes bill that would divert money from electrical upgrades on N.J. Northeast Corridor Line | NJ.com.

I know this is a waste of time, but this congressional action will adversely effect Amtrak operations in the NEC (north east corridor)> This is the same bunch that will gleefully crucify Amtrak for its million and one shortcomings yet this kind of action assures inefficiency, delay, and loss of revenue. Oh, well. What do I know anyway?

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

Amtrak Must Cede Operations for High-Speed Rail, Mica Says – Bloomberg

Amtrak Must Cede Operations for High-Speed Rail, Mica Says – Bloomberg.

Amtrak will have to give up some rights to operate trains in the Northeast U.S. to attract private investment in high-speed train service, said John Mica, chairman of the House transportation committee.

Amtrak will “never be able” to build a high-speed rail system, the Florida Republican said in an interview today at Bloomberg’s Washington office.

There are layers upon layers of complexity here. The Mica concept would seem to involve a taxpayer gift to unknown private developers. That is also known as a subsidy and it is not necessarily an evil thing. The first obvious sticking point is the tens of billions of dollars necessary to bring the NEC up to even a modest approach to high speed rail. This involves, for example, the Baltimore tunnels and land acquisition.

Mica is playing a shell game with regular people who think that, if Casey Jones hits the throttle a little harder and throws some more coal on the fire, the trains will run faster. Do not, please, read this as a some sort of ringing endorsement for Amtrak, but merely a humble reality check.

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

Let’s Face It, High Speed Rail Is Dead | Newgeography.com

Let’s Face It, High Speed Rail Is Dead | Newgeography.com.

Advocates were ecstatic when President Obama had $8 billion for high speed rail put into the stimulus bill. His administration planned to make HSR one of the cornerstones of its infrastructure investment program. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood visited Europe to check out HSR there in person and came back proclaiming, “High speed rail is coming to America.” The $8 billion, we were told, was a down payment, and that in little more than two decades, America’s largest cities would be linked by a web of high speed trains.

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

Mica unveils outline for six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill

Mica unveils outline for six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill.

Just so you know.

the proposal would limit Amtrak’s access to federal funding and would cut its operating subsidy by 25 percent in fiscal-year 2012 and 2013. The proposal does not include Mica’s earlier call to privatize operation of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics

Scott ripped for SunRail OK | TBO.com

Scott ripped for SunRail OK | TBO.com.

Serves him right!

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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