High Speed Rail

TX's French Boast? High Speed Rail from Houston to Dallas One Step Closer to Reality.

TX's French Boast? High Speed Rail from Houston to Dallas One Step Closer to Reality.
The Texas Department of Transport and Federal Railway Authority announced in June that they were beginning an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed private Texas Central Railways High Speed Rail corridor between Houston and Dallas. This is a private venture that is proposing to use the "Japan Rail Central" N700-I system, an internationalized version of the 186mph HSR train running between Tokyo and Osaka. High speed rail sounds awfully European for the Lone Star State, though.
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GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol

GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol
The White House transport proposal, which put forward a $302 billion four-year surface transportation authorization, ups the current level of spending by $20 billion per year. With respect to rail funding, it proposed reorganizing intercity passenger rail funding into Current Rail Service and Rail Service Improvement programs, merging the Amtrak funding which was authorized in FY 2013 and 2014 with the Higher Speed / High Performance rail program which was zeroed out in the funding that passed Congress.
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High Speed Ahead: California's Bullet Train Chugging Along Towards Approval

High Speed Ahead: California's Bullet Train Chugging Along Towards Approval
The California High-Speed Rail Authority will meet at Fresno City Hall this week to hear public comments on plans to approve a 144 mile segment of High-Speed Rail that will connect Fresno and Bakersfield. With a 20,000 page environmental impact report as its guide, the group will decide how to properly ensure the least amount of farmland is destroyed and choose a path that is most efficient for the bullet line.
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Obama's Supertrain Plan to Connect the Midwest

Obama's Supertrain Plan to Connect the Midwest
High Speed Rail is a big part of President Obama's plan to beef up infrastructure, especially in the interior of the country, where bridges and roads have fallen into disrepair after a series of budget cuts. But it's not just about fancy bullet trains, there are a host of ways cities and towns would get connected, and faster.
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Americans Take 10.7B Trips on Public Transportation Last Year, Most Since 1956

Americans Take 10.7B Trips on Public Transportation Last Year, Most Since 1956
Americans are boarding public buses, trains and subways in greater numbers than any time since the suburbs began booming. Nearly 10.7 billion trips in 2013, to be precise — the highest total since 1956, according to ridership data reported by transit systems nationally and released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association.
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Justin Pritchard
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