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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    Hi, Minnesota Govenor includes the state's $10 Million needed contribution for the second Chicago to Twin Cities train in a state bond proposal...
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    Amtrak funding and committment to restore Gulf coast service

    Trains Newswire has an article today with additional information about the some of initial potential track improvements and news about the drawn out train simularionstudy efforts. https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2021/02/26-amtrak-seeks-to-start-new-orleans-mobile-service-in-2022
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    Amtrak funding and committment to restore Gulf coast service

    Amtrak Gulf Coast service to resume in 2022! https://www.al.com/news/2021/02/amtrak-official-gulf-coast-service-starting-in-2022.html?outputType=amp Secretary of Transportation agreed to inspect the passenger train route...
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    Charger winter problems?

    I am see posts on different websites stating that Amtrak is having winter operating problems with the Chargers. Does anyone have reliable information about this? The Annual AASHTO meeting is this month and there may be information presented at that meeting.
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    California HSR January 2021 update

    California HSR intends to have all of the land acquisition completed by the end of this year. The attached article has this information and other project updates for 2021. https://www.capradio.org/articles/2021/01/21/high-speed-rail-in-california-moves-along-but-slowly/
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    Metra signs contract for new passenger cars

    Metra's Board of Directors approved a new contract to build 200 new cars with option(s) for up to an additional 300 cars. https://chi.streetsblog.org/2021/01/13/metra-board-chooses-new-modern-passenger-rail-cars-to-replace-1950s-gallery-cars/ Here is a link to a short video with computer...
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    Brightline buying five more trainsets from Siemens and other items are in this Trains Newswire article. https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2021/01/08-new-brightline-details-included-in-$950-million-bond-sale
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    A local Colorado newspaper just reported that the testing of the new Alstom train sets is nearing Completion. https://www.cpr.org/2020/12/22/testing-on-amtraks-newest-high-speed-train-nears-completion-at-pueblo-rd-track/
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Brightline launched $3.2 BILLION bond sale for the Los Vegas to California HSR project. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.reviewjournal.com/business/tourism/brightline-launches-3-2b-bond-sale-for-vegas-to-la-high-speed-rail-line-2131969/amp/
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Here is a Railway Age article on the arrival and testing of the new IDOT cars: https://www.railwayage.com/mechanical/locomotives/for-idot-new-siemens-ventures/?RAchannel=news
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    The statement of trains running by the end of 2023 and "trains operating at speeds up to 200 mph means that there will be an equipment order ASAP!! Alstom would have an advantage with its Acela 2 production line active, but HSR 200 mph would require a few equimemt adjustments and different FRA...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Nevada approves $200 Million in HSR Bonds for Virgin Trains HSR project today: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/nevada-oks-200m-in-bonds-for-vegas-to-socal-high-speed-train-2080514/amp/
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Railroad tracks have been installed on Orlando Airport property and news updated on Nrightline and other nearby project: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/transportation/os-ne-orlando-airport-virgin-trains-528-436-intersection-20200724-owlbspx2gnd7bnjstkgoj2bkca-story.html
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Brightline will study an extension of their line further southwest of Victorville to Rancho Cucamonga, CA using the I-15 highway cooridoor. https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/traffic/virgin-trains-in-early-talks-to-extend-high-speed-rail-closer-to-la-2065751/
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Ever since the Federal government built the "free" U.S. Highway system, and then the "free" Interstate Highway System, the private railroads have not been able to make money on many passenger train routes. Taxpayer funds have also been spent to pay for building the airports and air traffic...