Tuesday afternoon brought news from Congress as the Conference Committee reached a deal on the long-term Highway and Surface Transportation Bill.
China’s newest high-speed train has been approved to begin passenger service next month on the Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed line. The 250km/h trains will travel at altitudes as high as 3600m above sea level and are equipped to operate in extreme weather ranging from ice storms to sand storms.
Written by MHSRA member and All Aboard Indiana Editor Donald Yehle:
All Aboard Florida, the $2.5 billion privately funded project, has released locomotive and interior station renderings for its passenger train service from Miami to Orlando.
You've heard it over and over; highways pay for themselves through user fees. Like all myths it had a grain of truth, originally the federal Highway Trust Fund was entirely funded by taxes on users.
Crisis averted, Congress voted to extend the deadline for Positive Train Control (PTC), giving the railroads until the end of 2018 to install the system. Extension of this deadline will help avoid a partial railroad shutdown at the end of the year.
Eurostar, a popular train that provides high-speed rail service between London to Paris or Brussels and various other locations, is getting new trains called the e320. These trains will be operating before the end of this year!
This past Friday a press conference was held at Chicago’s Union Station to announce an improvement program for this critical facility.
In early September the railroads made it clear that if the positive train control deadline (PTC) was not extended they would refuse to operate trains on their tracks beginning on New Years Eve.
Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Blue Ribbon Panel released their findings on October 1st. For the past year they have been working on ways to address train congestion throughout the Chicago area.