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.
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.