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(Source: Progressive Railroading, July 22, 2020) Metra yesterday asked the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent Union Pacific Railroad from taking steps that the Chicago commuter railroad says would “degrade or halt” service on the three Metra lines operated by UP. Full story: Progressive Railroading Thursday, July 23, 2020

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(Rail Passengers Association press release, July 8, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C. — House appropriators with jurisdiction over transportation programs gave Rail Passengers another significant victory today, releasing a draft Fiscal 2021 proposal boosting regular Amtrak appropriations, setting aside at least $26 billion in additional emergency grant funds for Amtrak and public transportation, and tying the money to…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 07/06/2020) Virgin Trains USA last week entered into a lease agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to use existing right of way along Interstate 15 in California for the planned high-speed rail line between Las Vegas and Southern California, a local news outlet recently reported. Caltrans officials told the Daily Press that all public comments…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading 01/15/2020) The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is studying transit options that include rail for reducing traffic congestion in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The department is working with the Utah Transit Authority and the U.S. Forest Service on a plan for an integrated transportation system that would improve the reliability, mobility and safety for residents, visitors, and commuters who use State…

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(Source: Progressive Railroading December 2019) By Julie Sneider, senior associate editor As Amtrak heads toward the 50th anniversary next year of its creation, the nation’s only intercity passenger railroad does so in the best financial condition in its history. The railroad ended its fiscal-year 2019 on Sept. 30 setting new records for ridership and operating revenue, and an operating loss…

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