If you are traveling across the Midwest there is a good chance you will end up passing through Chicago’s Union Station. The station is the third busiest railroad terminal in the country and serves 31.6 million passengers each year.
The proposed high speed line in Las Vegas has gained momentum.
Will Amtrak and Metra trains operate in the Midwest on January 1?
The question arose this summer when it became clear that Positive Train Control would not be ready by the December 31, 2015 deadline. The railroads gave their answer last week: not unless Congress changes the law.
Last week CrossRail Chicago made it into the news, again.
Streetsblog Chicago writer, Steven Vance, discussed using Metra tracks for the O’Hare Express train, announced by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s as one of his top priorities.
Big things are happening in Texas with two high-speed rail projects moving underway.
Chicago to St. Louis 110mph service is continuing to move forward. Just last week, Dwight broke ground on a new $3.7 million station that will serve passengers on this line. This is one of many stations to be built or restored along the route.
Last Wednesday, after an eight hour meeting, All Aboard Florida (AAF) won approval to issue $1.75 billion in Private Activity Bonds (PAB’s) by the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC). This will fund their $2.5 billion project.
On Thursday, the Senate passed a long-term transportation bill, known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act. This six-year bill was a bi-partisan effort, crafted by Senators James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Barbara Boxer (D-California).
Click Here to see the letter from Illinois mayors and county leaders asking Governor Rauner not to cut vital Amtrak service to their communities:
The Senate has been working long hours to move their version of the transportation bill forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) are fast tracking a bill that includes re-authorizing intercity passenger rail.