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    California HSR EIR/EIS approved

    Thank you for your information!
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    California HSR EIR/EIS approved

    The EIR/EIS for the section from Bakersfield to Palmdale is now fully APPROVED!! :) This means that work can start on this segment of the railroad as funding is secured. Initially, land acquisition and utility relocations can begin...
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    Amtrak goes straight to STB to restore Gulf Coast service.

    The PTJ article states that the STB stated it would asign an administrative judge to resolve all ossues before the end of this year. https://passengertrainjournal.com/gulf-coast-passenger-service-one-step-closer-following-stb-decision/
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    Amtrak goes straight to STB to restore Gulf Coast service.

    NY Times article about battle to restore serive and STB decision to not dismiss the case: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/08/06/us/politics/amtrak-expansion-freight.amp.html
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    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    Amtrak unveiled its first rehabilitated Superliners at Chicago Union Station on June 15th. https://www.google.com/amp/s/chicago.suntimes.com/platform/amp/2021/6/15/22533534/amtrak-upgrades-long-distance-trains-union-station-dining-cars-sleepers
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    California HSR January 2021 update

    Federal Government Reinstates nearly $929 million to California for HSR project. https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/intercity/chsra-federal-funding-restored/?RAchannel=news CA press release...
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    Texas Central Railway

    Texas Central Railway signs $1.6 Billion contract to build power supply system for its railroad. https://www.rtands.com/passenger/texas-central-railroad-finds-the-power-source-behind-high-speed-rail-project/?RTSchannel=news
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    New Amtrak Proposed Routes Map has Dropped

    Chicago to Orlando is approximately 36 hours by train. So one is looking at a schedule that is 2 nights and 1 day. This link for the Floridian had a 9 pm Chicago departure, mid-day Nashville departure and a 9 am Orlando arrival. Tampa was another 3+ hours and any connection to Miami would make...
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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/delays

    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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