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).
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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.
Last month Toronto launched the UP Express, a premium airport express train linking Union Station to Pearson International. It provides an excellent model for Chicago as Mayor Emanuel has renewed his call for an O’Hare express train.
The Railroad Reform, Enhancement, and Efficiency Act is moving forward.
Last Thursday, the RREEA — as approved by the Senate Commerce Committee — was included as a title in the Senate's proposed surface-transportation bill.
On July 1 it became even more evident how far the United States is behind in train travel. Railway Gazette International released their latest World Speed Survey announcing China is still the
pacesetter, followed by France, Japan, Spain, and Taiwan.
The Senate took important steps last week by passing two critical transportation bills.