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WSDOT report outlines high-speed travel in Pacific Northwest

(Source: Progressive Railroading 12/09/2020) The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) yesterday released a report that sets a roadmap to bring ultra-high-speed ground transportation to the Pacific Northwest. The report, dubbed the 2020 Framework for the Future, builds on previous studies conducted over the past three years and details next steps on governance, strategic outreach and funding and…

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Metra sues UP for breach of contract

(Source: Metra press release, October 14, 2020) CHICAGO — Metra today sued Union Pacific Railroad for breach of contract, accusing the freight railroad of severely damaging Metra’s bottom line, reputation and customer experience by an “arbitrary and capricious” refusal to deploy its conductors on the three lines that UP owns and operates in the Metra system.…

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U.S. Supreme Court denies Indian River County’s appeal of Brightline lawsuit

(Source: Progressive Railroading 10/09/2020) The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week denied Indian River County’s petition to appeal its lawsuit against Brightline/Virgin Trains USA and the Federal Railroad Administration, Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCN) reported. The county was arguing that $2.7 billion of tax-exempt private activity bonds issued to Brightline/Virgin Trains was “improper,” TCN reported. County Attorney Jeffrey Lamkin told…

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Labor, passenger group asks STB to issue injunction in Metra-UP dispute

(Source: Progressive Railroading 08/21/2020) A coalition of labor and passenger-rail groups has written to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in support of Metra‘s request for an injunction to require Union Pacific Railroad to continue operating commuter-rail service on three Chicago-area rail lines. Filed Aug. 18, the coalition’s statement notes that the STB determined earlier this month it would not rule on Metra’s…

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Metra asks STB to intervene in UP service dispute

(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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