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Proposed Surface Transportation Bill Would Triple Funding for Amtrak

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A week after Amtrak officials said the railroad needed $1.4 billion to survive the ongoing pandemic, House Democrats revealed a plan that would triple federal funding for intercity passenger rail service. The funding proposal is part of a new surface transportation funding bill that would invest more than $500 billion in highway and rail projects over the next five years. The current surface transportation act, dubbed the FAST Act, was signed into law in 2015 by President Barack Obama and expires this year.
California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases Draft Environmental Document for Burbank to Los Angeles Section
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California High-Speed Rail Authority Releases Draft Environmental Document for Burbank to Los Angeles Section



CHSRA Press Release:
May 26 2020 Sacramento

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is releasing the project-level draft environmental document for another project section in Southern California. The document, which covers the approximately 14-mile Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section, will be available for public review and comment starting on Friday, May 29.

The Burbank to Los Angeles project section connects two key multi-modal transportation hubs in Los Angeles County, a new Burbank Airport Station in Burbank and the existing Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) in Los Angeles. These stations are intended to provide links with regional and local mass transit services as well as connectivity to airports and the highway networks in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles Basin. This project section is also an important component of...

Amtrak Continues Testing on New Acela Fleet

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Amtrak Continues Testing on New Acela Fleet

Amtrak’s new Acela fleet, scheduled to enter service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, continues to progress with its high-speed testing at Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo., as the first Acela prototype completed another milestone by traveling at speeds up to 165 mph, although the train’s initial top operating speed will be 160 mph.

The first Acela prototype traveled from Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y., on Feb., 17 and is expected to undergo six more months of dynamic testing, which will include the trainset’s pantograph, railway dynamics, tilting, traction, slip/slide and wayside protection, brakes, and train control management systems. Once complete, the trainset will return to Alstom for installation of its interiors.

Judge Reinstates Charges Against Engineer in Philadelphia Train Wreck That Killed 8

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Judge Reinstates Charges Against Engineer in Philadelphia Train Wreck That Killed 8

The ruling revived the state’s case against Brandon Bostian, a former Amtrak engineer, who has been charged with more than 200 crimes, including eight counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A judge on Thursday reinstated charges against a former Amtrak engineer who was driving a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people.

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Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2020
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New Years eve found me driving up Santa Fe Avenue in the central valley


Rolling Into 2020
by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Loaded and Waiting
by lennycarl08, on Flickr




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