By Shelby Sansone, Fox 13; June 22, 2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Central Station on South Main will turn into a high-end hotel by the end of 2018.

Mark Parsell owns a music shop across the street and said he has been waiting for the renovation.

“This is kind of the lost end sometimes on South Main, and we have a lot of great businesses down here,” he said. “This will help the tourists discover it.”

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Brightline exec tells Congress better cooperation is needed

By Lisa Broadt, TCPalm.com; June 22, 2017

An ongoing 4½-year struggle to secure environmental permits needed for All Aboard Florida’s Brightline passenger-rail service has “sharpened” Michael Reininger’s insights into how government and business could work together more efficiently, the railroad executive told a congressional hearing Thursday.

Reininger — former All Aboard Florida CEO and now executive director of Florida East Coast Industries, Brightline’s parent company — testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee along with other rail-industry leaders, to discuss intercity passenger railroad development.

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Amtrak CEO: Trump budget eliminates money to upgrade Northeast Corridor

By Herb Jackson, Washington Correspondent, North Jersey.com; June 22, 2017

Federal railroad officials said Thursday that they oppose President Donald Trump’s budget proposal because it would eliminate Amtrak’s ability to upgrade the Northeast Corridor and would block funding from going to the Gateway project.

“From a practical standpoint, the president’s budget would effectively eliminate capital funding for Northeast Corridor, and that’s a bad thing,” Charles W. “Wick” Moorman, Amtrak’s president and chief executive officer, told the House railroad subcommittee.

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House Transportation Committee talks funding for modernizing US railways

By Erin Vogel-Fox, Sinclair Broadcast Group,WJLA; June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – The House Committee on Transportation subcommittee met Thursday to discuss modernizing railways in the United States. Specifically, the allocation of funds to make improvements to the Amtrak Northeast Corridor route and the construction of California’s high-speed rail project.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the 2010 Omnibus funding bill distributed funds for railroad infrastructure and an intercity and high-speed rail system.

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Illinois Congresswoman Bustos: Quad Cities Passenger Rail Still on Track

June 23, 2017

By Jonathan Ketz, WQAD News 8 MOLINE- There is good news for city leaders hoping to get an Amtrak line from Chicago to the Quad Cities. Illinois U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says passenger rail for the Quad Cities is still on track. Thursday, June 22, Bustos received a commitment from the Federal Rail Administration that […]

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Manitoba Government Update On Churchill Rail Closure

June 23, 2017

A press release from the Manitoba Province Government; June 22, 2017: CHURCHILL, MB – The Manitoba Government has released an update on the Churchill rail closure: The Emergency Measures Organization of Manitoba Infrastructure reports that over 15 agencies from eight provincial departments and federal representatives in partnership with the Town of Churchill are meeting on […]

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Chicago Metra to purchase new, modern seats

June 23, 2017

A press release from Metra: (June 21, 2017) – After a yearlong pilot program to test a new style of seats with armrests, built-in cup holders and better head, neck and lumbar support, Metra today announced plans to purchase and install the new, modern seats on an ongoing basis as it rehabilitates its fleet of railcars. […]

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Bloomberg News: Hunter Harrison masterminds yet another railway turnaround

June 23, 2017

Hunter Harrison masterminds yet another railway turnaround — this time in only three months By Bloomberg News, Financial Post, in the Vancouver Sun Railroads have been around for more than two centuries. So it would seem to the casual observer that, at this point, there should be little mystery about how to efficiently run the […]

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New York Governor Cuomo aims for state control of MTA Board

June 23, 2017

Written by Mischa Wanek-Libman, Engineering Editor, Railway Age Magazine; June 22, 2017 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo advanced legislation that would give the state majority control of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), citing the transit agency’s “state of crisis.” New York state has six seats on the MTA Board, New York City has four and […]

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Detroit buys Conrail railroad property

June 23, 2017

Detroit buys Conrail railroad property to fill biggest gap in Inner Circle Greenway By ANNALISE FRANK, Crain’s Detroit Business; June 22, 2017 The city of Detroit has agreed to buy 76 acres from Conrail Inc. for $4.3 million to fill the biggest existing gap in the 26-mile Inner Circle Greenway. The Detroit-based rail service provider’s […]

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A Florida Rail Project Breaks New Ground

June 22, 2017

By Heidi Mitchell, The Wall Street Journal; June 21, 2017 When the Brightline opens in Florida late this summer, it will be the first passenger-rail train of its kind built in the U.S. in a century. What’s so special about it? Where the money comes from. The high-speed intercity line is privately funded, built and […]

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Sacramento, California: Amtrak disciplines Capitol Corridor T&E train crew, and downtown businesses tax themselves for streetcar

June 22, 2017

Two Amtrak crew members disciplined for Sacramento train jolt incident By Tony Bizjak, The Sacramento Bee; June 21, 2017 Amtrak has disciplined the engineer and conductor on a Capitol Corridor train that jolted violently when it went through a track switch near Davis at nearly twice the allowed speed in December, sending passengers, baggage and […]

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