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    Texas Central Railway

    In other news, the Texas Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a lower courts ruling that let Texas Central use survey and eminent domain. Ending this particular court battle.
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    Texas Central Railway

    They are going to be using 8 car sets. https://www.texascentral.com/project/ My understanding is that the RPA they got from FRA is to allow them to use the N700s "as is" but I won't claim to be an expert in FRA regulations. Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards
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    Caltrain Electrification Delayed to 2024

    I'm not sure I totally follow, I don't think either CAHSR or Caltrain go through Berkley? In any case, a 14% increase, while not ideal, is pretty mundane as far as transit capital cost overruns are concerned.
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    Caltrain Electrification Delayed to 2024

    Link to the press release: Caltrain Electrification Delayed to 2024 The total price also increased by $333 million.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The way this came out is pretty odd. They have known for 7 months and this is the first time its been reported? Caltrans gave a presentation about the Venture cars in February where they listed issues they had found and solutions they had come up with, but I don't see any mention of this lead...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Ah yeah, I looked it up after I posted that. In their NEPA reevaluation report they say they have plans to double track all but 19 miles of the route. from here DesertXpress "XpressWest” - Las Vegas to Victorville | FRA
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    Eastbound Wolverine showing “sold out” July 19-October - possible schedule change?

    Here is a map provided with the tweet that announced the speed increase. Interesting that they say MDOT owns the track between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, isn't that owned by CN? Probably just an oversight.
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    Eastbound Wolverine showing “sold out” July 19-October - possible schedule change?

    There was just an announcement by MDOT about twice daily returning July 19th https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDOT/bulletins/2d98c81 Also increased speeds between Kalamazoo and Albion.
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    Metra issues challenge to create battery-powered, zero-emission locomotive

    Ironically, the line they mention using this on, Rock Island, is owned by Metra. https://www.metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/metra-challenges-industry-create-battery-powered-zero-emission-locomotives They have discussed trying to electrify it, and EMUs would make sense with stop spacing on...
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    Amtrak Announces Siemens as Preferred Bidder for New Equipment

    It says dual power, not dual-mode, for what it's worth. I think this still could end up being a charger on one end and a ACS64 on the other.
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Brightline West asked for an exemption from "PRIOR APPROVAL REQUIREMENTS OF 49 U.S.C. § 10901" for the Victor Valley to Rancho Cucamonga segment, something they had already received for the Las Vegas to Victor Valley portion. Here is the petition...
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    France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights

    I realize your original question was "did they use it" as opposed to does the research exists but here is the results with UK data using the average load factor for each mode. Of course, France will be different, and "average load" may have changed even after covid is over, but still interesting...
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    This might have been obvious to people more familiar with the area, but I didn't realize Universal Orlando Resort is one of the groups pushing for Brightline to go through the I drive corridor. https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2021/04/09/universal-orlando-brightline-i-drive-route.html...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    This has probably been discussed here before, and people living California probably have better insight than me on this, but the SJJPA executive director's comments on amtrak's operation of the San Joaquin makes it sound like she would prefer if it operated more like the ACE...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I might be missing something but where are you getting "multiple unit" from the slide?
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    I found myself playing that fun game of speculating what "different rolling stock" meant. Ben Porritt of Brightline gave a talk at the High-Speed Rail Alliance's lunch series, and apparently that probably just means tri-rail rolling stock. The whole talk is interesting but one other thing that...
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    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    Looks like Siemens is trying to get in on some of the infrastructure spending the might be coming from the federal government. In the process of doing that they released a graphic that is partially promoting Brightline west, without naming them though. They also made a video that reminds me...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Ah yep, I missed the fine print a few pages before, they didn't include it because it was still up for renewal and not guaranteed at the time of the service plan
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    I don't know exactly when amtraks service line plan was published (Its old enough not to include metrolink that was awarded in December?) but they also list sound transit (I'm assuming for the sounder), and sunrail (edit to pointout they are maintenance contracts, not operations) Aavailable...
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    Birghtline gave a presentation to the Central Florida Expressway Authority yesterday. You can see their slides starting on page 1145 of this packet: https://www.cfxway.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2021-03-11-Agenda-with-attachmentsv1-2.pdf It shows their preferred route and gives a comparison...
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