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US, Japan Governments Express Support for Texas HSR

A proposed high-speed rail project would link Houston and Dallas using Japanese Shinkansen technology.

April 15, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Chicago Trains Make More Room for Bikes

Since Metro launched a new bike-friendly policy in February, the number of bikes on its trains rose by 70 percent.

April 11, 2024 - Streetsblog Chicago

Amtrak train passing over tall trestle bridge on California coast at Gaviota Beach.

LA-to-San Francisco Night Train Closer to Reality

A train operator has entered into formal negotiations with Union Pacific to move the project forward with a projected launch date of 2025.

March 27, 2024 - SFGate

View looking down train tracks at San Clemente, California with grassy beach dunes and blue lifeguard tower on right side.

Southern California Rail Service Resumes After Landslide

The corridor has been closed multiple times in the past year as erosion and landslides put coastal rail infrastructure in jeopardy.

March 25, 2024 - Mass Transit

Silver and blue train passing by on track at the edge of Pacific Ocean in San Clemente, California.

Storms Sever California Rail Line—Again

The coast-hugging rail corridor linking Los Angeles and San Diego faces an uncertain future as mudslides once again force part of the line to close.

February 6, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

Rendering of Brightline West high-speed rail station in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Southwest High-Speed Rail Project Awarded $2.5 Billion in Private Bonds

The Brightline West line will break ground this year.

January 25, 2024 - KTNV

Aerial view of stacked shipping containers at golden hour at Port of Long Beach, California.

Port of Long Beach Begins Massive Rail Yard Expansion

The project, which will break ground this summer, is expected to dramatically curb emissions from trucking.

January 23, 2024 - L.A. Business First

Green metal bridge over Columbia River between Oregon and Washington against cloudy sky.

High-Profile Infrastructure Megaprojects for 2024

Federal funding is fueling a binge of major infrastructure projects spanning transportation, flood mitigation, and airport infrastructure.

January 17, 2024 - Construction Dive

Blue suitcase sits on empty train platform with sign above labeled "Pittsburgh."

Allegheny County Charts 2024 Transportation Priorities

The region will see expansions in air travel options, Amtrak improvements, and a redesigned bus system to better serve post-pandemic needs.

December 31, 2023 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Aerial view of yellow Brightline high-speed rail train in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

A Passenger Rail Revolution?

An injection of federal funding could help make train travel a key component of the U.S. transportation network.

December 27, 2023 - Route Fifty

Texas Eagle Amtrak train pulling into station in Austin, Texas with glass high-rise buildings in background.

Texas DOT to Explore Passenger Rail

The agency’s plan to study potential passenger rail routes is giving hope to transit advocates in the historically car-oriented state.

December 21, 2023 - Texas Monthly

Amtrak train on Southern California coast.

State Leaders Warn of Risks to Southern California Rail Corridor

Coastal erosion and rising sea levels threaten one of the nation’s most scenic—and strategically important—rail corridors.

December 14, 2023 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Close-up of 'To Trains' sign above blurred train platform in Washington, D.C.

Federal Grants for Passenger Rail Top $8 Billion

The Federal Railroad Administration announced the grants to dozens of projects for expanding or building new rail corridors.

December 11, 2023 - Mass Transit

Rendering of white, yellow, and purple Brightline West high-speed rail train speeding along highway median with blurred cars in foreground.

Brightline West Awarded $3 Billion in Federal Funding

The high-speed rail line will cut travel time between Southern California and Las Vegas roughly in half.

December 5, 2023 - Fox 5

Close-up of 'Red Line Subway Entry' sign with Braille below and train logo above text in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Red Line Extension Could Transform the South Side

The city’s transit agency is undertaking its biggest expansion ever to finally bring rail to the South Side.

November 24, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

Close-up of old-fashioned trains departure board with yellow text on black background in Boston, Massachusetts train station.

The Bright Future of U.S. Passenger Rail

High-speed rail may still be a distant vision in the United States, but conventional passenger rail is having a resurgence.

November 14, 2023 - Fast Company

Trinity Railway Express train painted with Texas flag at station in Dallas, Texas.

Revitalizing Texas: Sustainable Rail Solutions

An argument for why investing in trains is the key to sustainable growth and economic success in the Lone Star State.

November 8, 2023 - Mustafa Haque

Close-up of Amtrak logo on blue passenger train stopped at outdoor station platform.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Awarded $16.4 Billion in Federal Funds

The funding will support track construction, bridge replacement, and other upgrades to make passenger train service faster and more reliable.

November 7, 2023 - Streetsblog Massachusetts

Rendering of California high-speed rail train viaduct with arches

Report Quantifies the Potential Benefits of High-Speed Rail

Building more high-speed passenger rail in the United States could have significant economic and environmental impacts, creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions.

October 16, 2023 - Mass Transit

Two red San Diego trolley cars at Santa Fe Depot station with high-rise buildings in background.

Federal Grant Supports Rail Vehicle Modernization

The Federal Transit Administration announced a new round of Rail Vehicle Replacement grants.

October 13, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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