August 28, 2015

Wash. state’s short lines need $600 million in repairs

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More than half of Washington’s short line rail miles aren’t up to modern standards, a recent study found. The evaluation was done by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State University Freight Policy Transportation Institute at the request of the Legislature. The final result, the Washington State Short Line Rail Inventory and Needs Assessment, was [...]

Is Northeast Corridor at breaking point?

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, in the light of problems affecting tens of thousands of NJTransit and Amtrak riders between New Jersey and New York Penn Station of the last eight days, has called respective Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo to meet with him sometime before Aug. 10. Christie (R) while campaigning for [...]

Aging infrastructure plagues NEC

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In Maryland, a century-old rail tunnel needed emergency repairs this winter because of soil erosion from leaks, causing widespread train delays. In Connecticut, an aging swing bridge failed to close twice last summer, stopping train service and stranding passengers. And last week, New Jersey Transit riders had a truly torturous experience. There were major delays [...]

Senate to STB: don’t curtail freight rail investment

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The U.S. Senate recently pointed the way forward for the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) on the issue of ensuring sufficient revenue at freight railroads to pour back into the nation’s infrastructure. The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015, which was passed by unanimous consent in June, would provide commonsense process improvements. They would [...]

GOP bill would undermine auto, rail safety regulations

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Washington, D.C. – At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries. A bill approved this week on a party-line vote by a Senate committee brims with industry-sought provisions that would block, delay or roll back safety [...]

Airlines: don’t use TSA fees to pay for infrastructure

The U.S. Travel Association is criticizing House Republicans for planning to use fees that are paid by airline passengers for the Transportation Security Administration to pay for an extension of federal highway spending that is set to expire at the end of the month.  House Republicans unveiled an approximately $8 billion highway patch Monday evening that includes [...]

DOT highlights grim state of U.S. infrastructure

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Washington, D.C. – The Highway Trust Fund is set to expire on July 31. Without action from Congress, federal funding for transportation will come to a screeching halt. And with it, so will traffic in many places across the country. Over the last six years, Congress has passed 33 short-term measures rather than funding transportation [...]

Mo. transportation commission chair on public transit

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The following letter was written by Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission Chairman Stephen R. Miller. Dear Reader, Genevieve is a young woman pursing graduate work in computer science at a university in Pennsylvania. She is home visiting her family in Kansas City for a month this summer. I met Genevieve at Union Station in Kansas [...]

Senator calls for $1 trillion infrastructure investment

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Jan. 27 introduced legislation to rebuild America’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, transit systems and other infrastructure projects. The five-year plan would invest $1 trillion in the effort and create or maintain at least 13 million decent-paying jobs, according to Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee ranking member. The legislation is cosponsored [...]

House panel approves transportation bill

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The full House will take up a $52 billion spending bill that would fund transportation and housing programs in fiscal 2015 as early as this month. Appropriators backed the legislation May 21 by a vote of 28-21 during a committee hearing. Read the complete story at Transport Topics.