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States for Passenger Rail Coalition Comments on Indiana’s Decision to Stop Sponsoring the Hoosier State

States for Passenger Rail CoalitionPortland, ME – March 6, 2015 – “It is a sad day when the federal agency which administers federal funding for Amtrak, and who has played such a critical role in providing grants to States to help develop and improve intercity passenger rail services, also is determined to require States and intercity passenger service sponsors who contract with Amtrak to become railroads” observed Patricia Quinn, Chair of the States for Passenger Rail Coalition, Inc. (S4PRC) and Executive Director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA).Read More »States for Passenger Rail Coalition Comments on Indiana’s Decision to Stop Sponsoring the Hoosier State

Amtrak Statement in Response to the Hoosier Announcement

Indiana is fighting back against the FRA ruling, which is excellent news.  The whole idea of the ruling is ridiculous.  If a State hires a qualified operator to do a job it should not have to become certified to do the job itself.  Boardman is again trying to use PRIIA and now the FRA to force the states into paying their monopoly pricing for service.  This will not win him any friends outside the NEC.  – Paul DysonRead More »Amtrak Statement in Response to the Hoosier Announcement

Hoosier State Passenger Rail Service to End April 1

RailPAC is still gathering information about new proposed rulings by the Federal Railroad Administration which would appear to have a profound effect on State rail programs.  This has the hallmarks of a Washington DC power play involving FRA, Amtrak and others to ensure that the states do not use non-Amtrak operators.  However, the burden placed on the states, including states like Texas and California that cannot be railroads for legal reasons, may well backfire on the proponents and cause the Congress to take action on this.
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Bipartisan Passenger Rail Legislation introduced in U.S. House

PRESS RELEASE Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Passenger Rail Legislation READ THE BILL at http://transportation.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hr5449.pdf For Immediate Release: September 11, 2014 Contact: Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode Washington, DC – Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders today introduced… Read More »Bipartisan Passenger Rail Legislation introduced in U.S. House

Complete the Santa Cruz Passenger Rail Study Survey

Santa Cruz Passenger Rail StudyYour ideas are important!

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) is analyzing the feasibility of passenger rail transit service along the 32-mile Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line.

Complete an Online Survey on “Passenger Rail Goals & Scenarios”.

Your feedback will guide station, service scenario, and ridership analysis. Ensure the passenger rail study reflects everyone in the community.  The Survey closes at midnight on August 3.Read More »Complete the Santa Cruz Passenger Rail Study Survey