The deadline to pass a federal budget is only two weeks away and Congress does not appear close to passing their regular annual appropriations bills. In order to avoid a shutdown Congress is preparing to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) or short-term budget extension.
On Friday August 26 Vice President Joe Biden announced a $2.45 billion investment on passenger rail in the Northeast Corridor. This will help Amtrak accommodate the steady growth in demand for fast, frequent and dependable train service.
Testing has begun on a new high-speed segment in Italy between Treviglio and Brescia. The 39.6 kilometer segment is located just east of Milan and is due to open in December with an operating speed over 300 km/h.
Last week the new Siemens' Charger locomotives began testing at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Testing was conducted for maximum speed runs, acceleration, braking, as well as overall performance.
The California High Speed Rail Authority approved funding for Caltrain electrification and new grade separations on Tuesday morning.
Railroad passengers came out ahead in two important regulatory decisions made by the Surface Transportation Board last Thursday, which will affect the reliability of Amtrak service.
On July 15th, the City of Chicago announced plans to modernize Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The new project, O’Hare 21, is part of a multi billion-dollar capital investment program to improve the airport as an international gateway and economic driver for the region.
Last week Cook County, Illinois released its first long term transportation plan since 1940.
A study on how people use transit throughout the United States was released by the Transit Center.
The Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway just celebrated its fifth anniversary. The 820-mile long railway is the longest high speed line be built in a single phase. It was constructed in just over 3 years for a cost of $34.7 billion.