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STB Jurisdiction Over Intrastate Passenger Rail

In Florida, All Aboard Florida, a private entity, is about to launch passenger rail service from Miami to West Palm Beach, with future service extending to Orlando. In California, the California High-Speed Rail Authority is currently constructing a high-speed passenger rail line with the long-term goal of connecting the metro areas of San Francisco and … Continue Reading

Amtrak Panel’s Plan to Fix Chicago Rail Gridlock

An Amtrak Blue Ribbon Panel formed in 2014 that included Nossaman partner Linda Morgan has released a report recommending how to fix the congestion plaguing Chicago’s rail network.  As the hub of the U.S. rail network, the gridlock in Chicago has ripple effects throughout the nation. As part of its year-long investigation of the causes … Continue Reading

Amtrak Bill Aims To Keep Northeast Corridor Profits on the Northeast Corridor

The House Transportation Committee has approved the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak and other rail programs.  The bill is substantially the same as the 2014 legislation and is described by the Committee as “bipartisan legislation that improves the infrastructure, reduces costs, creates greater accountability and transparency, leverages private … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari to Review D.C. Circuit Decision Hampering Amtrak’s On-Time Performance

On June 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the government’s Writ of Certiorari to review the decision of the D.C. Circuit that many believe may be hampering Amtrak’s leverage with freight railroads and its on-time performance. According to Amtrak’s most recent issued Monthly Performance Report (May 2014), end station on-time performance (OTP) is approximately 74 … Continue Reading

Amtrak and Maryland DOT Plan for Improvements to the Vital Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel Moves to the Public Input Stage

The 141-year-old Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) Tunnel is a major bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor, but Amtrak, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are conducting a study to examine alternatives to improve or replace the tunnel.  The two-track B&P Tunnel is used by Amtrak, Maryland’s MARC Commuter Rail trains and … Continue Reading

Amtrak, Norfolk Southern, Federal Railroad Administration and Indiana DOT Celebrate Commencement of Construction on the Indiana Gateway Project

Last week, officials from Amtrak, Norfolk Southern and the Federal Railroad Administration and Indiana Governor Mike Pence gathered to celebrate commencement of construction on the Indiana Gateway Project. The $71.4 million project, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will upgrade the rail line and right-of-way between Porter, Ind. and the Illinois state line.  … Continue Reading

Amtrak Exit Déjà Vu

On June 15, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica and Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Material Subcommittee, introduced the Competition for Intercity Passenger Rail in America Act. Chairman Mica said: “After 40 years of costly and wasteful Soviet-style operations under Amtrak, this proposal encourages private sector competition, investment … Continue Reading
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