Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Washington, D.C.

Union Station Redesign Gets a Placemaking Do Over

Criticisms of a draft plan to revamp D.C.'s Union Station have described the proposal as far too concerned with car storage.

September 27, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Texas Central

Texas Central High-Speed Rail Gets Green Light From Feds

The Federal Railroad Administration has granted two key permissions for Texas Central to operate a high-speed trail between Houston and Dallas.

September 21, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

Washington, D.C.

How Much Parking Is Too Much Parking at D.C.'s Union Station?

Plans to expand and upgrade Union Station in D.C. might have gone overboard with parking, according to the public comments on the project's draft Environmental Impact Statement.

July 27, 2020 - Greater Greater Washington

Atlanta to Charlotte Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan

High-Speed Rail Connecting Atlanta to Charlotte Studied

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration recently released a draft study of a plan to link Atlanta and Charlotte via high-speed rail.

October 25, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal Constitution

President of the United States

Trump Pulls $1 Billion from California High Speed Rail Project

The California High Speed Rail Project is a political pawn in a contentious back and forth between the Golden State and the Trump administration.

May 17, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Dutch Fyra Train

Federal Railroad Administration Clears the Way for the Modern Era of Train Technology

New rules adopted by the Federal Railroad Administration will make it easier for commuter rail and inter-city rail systems to operate cheaper and more efficient trains.

November 27, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Arlington to D.C.

Planned Long Bridge Replacement, From Virginia and D.C., Lacks Pedestrian and Bike Elements

In June, planners completed a draft environment impact statement for a replacement for the Long Bridge, which connects trains from Virginia to D.C. Local advocates see the lack of a pedestrian and bike trail as a missed opportunity.

November 6, 2018 - Arl Now

Caltrain

$1.25 Billion Approved for Caltrain Electrification; More Funding Needed

At their July 7 meeting, the Caltrain Joint Powers Board, a 3-county body that administers the crowded San Jose-to-San Francisco commuter rail line, unanimously approved $1.25 billion in contracts to rail and infrastructure firms for electrification.

July 18, 2016 - Streetsblog SF

New Rules Could Allow Sleek Foreign Trains to Operate in America

Ever travel to a foreign country and gaze longingly at their sleek modern rail stock? Pardon my wandering eye, but passenger trains in the U.S. are undeniably ugly. New rules being developed by the FRA could ease the import of foreign beauties.

November 1, 2013 - Next City

Indiana and California Among States Yet to Decide to Subsidize Amtrak Lines

Ron Nixon provides an update on the implementation of the Passenger Rail Investment & Improvement Act of 2008 that requires states to subsidize shorter Amtrak routes in order to reduce Amtrak's federal subsidy. 28 routes in 19 states are at stake.

May 6, 2013 - The New York Times - U.S.

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HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study posted on HUD User

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