Tag Archives: Passenger Rail

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Begins Revenue Passenger Service

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (“SMART”) District kicked off passenger rail revenue service in Sonoma and Marin counties last week. The 43-mile rail line includes ten stations from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown San Rafael. The new service operates across former Northwestern Pacific Railway Co. (“NWP”) rail line. Acquisition of the rail line dates … 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

USDOT Works Around Freight Railroads on New Passenger Rail Level-Entry Boarding Requirements

As discussed in a previous blog post, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently set new level-entry boarding requirements for disabled passengers on intercity and commuter railroads through amended regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (76 Fed. Reg. 57924). In the proposed rule, USDOT stated its intent to require passenger railroads to provide level-entry … Continue Reading

USDOT Sets Costly New Passenger Rail Station Platform Level-Entry Boarding Requirements

In a recent move that will have wide-ranging impact on the rail industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) set new level-entry boarding requirements for the access of passengers with disabilities to passenger railroads, applicable to new and altered station platforms where construction or alteration begins on or after March 2, 2012.  Through a final … Continue Reading

First Runner-Up in Latest Round of High-Speed Rail Funding – The Midwest

As discussed in yesterday’s post on California, three big winners have emerged from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement of $2 billion in federal funds to 15 states for 22 different high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects.  The second biggest winner of this funding round is the Midwest region. Illinois received $186 million for upgrades … Continue Reading
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