Rail Industry News

Sep 12 2011
September 9, 2011 - Chair Paula Hammond of the States for Passenger Rail Coalition (SPRC) released a statement in response to the House FY 2012 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act. The SPRC is an alliance of 33 state leaders who work together to support the development and growth of intercity...
Sep 9 2011
September 9, 2011 - The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation & Housing yesterday voted to slash Amtrak’s operating grant 60% -- from $563 million this year and last, to $227 million. Capital grants (including debt service) would drop from $924 million to $889 milllion. National...
Sep 8 2011
September 8, 2011 - Despite record-breaking Amtrak ridership and strong support for intercity passenger rail by 15 states, the House Republican transportation budget plan will effectively eliminate all state-supported Amtrak service across the country for the fiscal year beginning October 1. The FY...
Aug 29 2011
August 22, 2011 - Last week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $745 million for construction along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to upgrade some of the most heavily-used sections.  The NEC will receive $449.94 million in funding from the American Recovery and...
Aug 18 2011
August 2011 - The U.S. Department of Transportation is hosting a series of on-line Webinars on various aspects of the TIGER application process. ALL of the webinars listed below will be held from 1:00 -2:30 PM EST. There are no registration fees for these sessions however, space is limited—advanced...
Aug 11 2011
April 29, 2015 - A rigorous state audit validated Bay Area Rapid Transit's (BART) financial projection process and reaffirmed that BART is facing $9.6 billion in capital needs, potentially affecting the reliability of rail service if additional revenue isn't secured. The audit reports BART has...
On November 25, 2014 Amtrak reported unaudited record revenue totaling approximately $3.2 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014, representing the fifth consecutive year of revenue growth, and the eighth out of the past nine years. In FY 2014, Amtrak covered 93 percent of its operating...
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Virgina Avenue Tunnel today. This identifies the preferred alternative for construction, which allows for progress on this project after a...
In April, the AAR released its report on Freight Railroad Capacity and Investment. This brief overview of the capital investment provided by freight railroads to meet the shipping needs of the US highlights the public return on private investment. America’s freight railroads have reinvested $550...
In a report approved in late 2013 and published in 2014, APTA calls for reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) through stand-alone legislation or as a separate rail title to surface transportation authorization. The legislation should authorize no less...
In April, the AAR released its report on Freight Railroad Capacity and Investment. This brief overview of the capital investment provided by freight railroads to meet the shipping needs of the US highlights the public return on private investment. America’s freight railroads have reinvested $550...
On March 18, 2014 Amtrak issued its FY 2015 budget request to Congress. Seeking an increase in federal passenger rail investment, Amtrak warns that continuation of current funding levels leave Northeast Corridor infrastructure vulnerable to a bigger, costlier and far more damaging failure that...
March 10, 2014 - APTA published its complete 2013 Ridership Report which showed the highest annual public transit ridership numbers in 57 years. With a total of 10.7 billion trips taken on public transportation in 2013, this was the eighth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on...
March 4, 2013 - The US Department of Transportation announced the availability of funding and requests proposals for the National Infrastructure Investments Program known as TIGER. The FY 2014 Appropriations Act appropriated $600 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation for...
March 3, 2014 - The USDOT Fast Lane Blog looks over the recent FHWA Report to Congress on the conditions and performance of the nation's highways, bridges, and transit system; and notes the improvements from investments as well as the work still to be done. The report showed improvement on American...