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(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/12/2020) The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) earlier this month awarded the Metro Regional Government in Portland, Oregon, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) grants for transit projects that improve rural communities and areas experiencing long-term economic distress. Portland’s Metro was awarded a $850,000 Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) grant to fund community engagement efforts for the…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/12/2020) The U.S. Department of Transportation last week notified the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay that it will receive a $10 million grant through the federal Port Infrastructure and Development Program for a project along the Coos Bay Rail Line. The project calls for replacing 67,000 crossties and resurfacing the mainline, sidings, an industrial lead, rail…

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(Source: Reuters, October 8, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. government-supported passenger railroad Amtrak said on Thursday that without a new government bailout it could be forced to cut more spending and train services which could lead to the loss of another 2,400 jobs. Full story: Reuters Monday, October 12, 2020

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(Source: Freight Waves, October 8, 2020) CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Responding to pressure to be more transparent about their service performance following the major railroad mergers of the 1990s, the freight railroads began providing shippers and regulators weekly data on metrics such as rail car velocity and terminal dwell times. Full story: Freight Waves Monday, October 12,…

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