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September 2011

USDOT Supports Growing Oregon Rail System

September 28, 2011

Passenger rail is currently flourishing in Oregon.  Amtrak’s Cascades Service, which connects Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, BC is currently one of the nation’s fasting growing passenger rail road services.  In 2010, ridership on the line increased by 10% and is on pace to break 2010’s record of 838,251 passengers in 2011.  These statistics mark a […]

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$43 Million for Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor Development

September 28, 2011

The Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor has experienced a major victory with the allocation of $48 million in funds from USDOT to develop rail lines between Raleigh, North Carolina and Washington, DC.  U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in a Sept. 27, press release than the grants will be used to not only develop these areas, […]

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Greeniest Railroad Fleet in the Country goes Greener

September 28, 2011

If one was asked which railroad in the United States has the ‘greenest feet in the country,’ Union Pacific may come into mind or perhaps Norfolk Southern.  In fact, the greenest locomotive fleet in the country was deemed to be the Pacific Harbor Line by Railway Age magazine. The Pacific Harbor Line is a short […]

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5 Problems With Southern California’s Rail System

September 28, 2011

Traffic in Southern California is notoriously congested.  A 10 minute drive during rush hour can turn into a 90 minute nightmare.  Everything is spread out in Southern California, so residents need to own a car and this results in heavy and often unbearable traffic.  One plus of the horrible driving experience is that Southern Californians […]

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Summit, NJ: The Next “Transit Village”

September 27, 2011

Summit, New Jersey is a small city with just over 21,000 residents. But according to Patch.com, this quiet city may be the new location of “Transit Village”, a project sponsored by the New Jersey Transit. This “village” would be the new focal point of Summit, completely surrounded by restaurants, local shops, and activities for the […]

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10 Improvements That Amtrak Should Implement

September 27, 2011

As a frequent traveler between Philly and New York – Amtrak has been a blessing. It is simple, affordable, fast, and easy.  Along the Northeast Corridor we are lucky to have Amtrak at our disposal – and it is a great service. However, like with almost anything – there is certainly room for improvement. Here […]

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