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November 2011

Amtrak: Record Breaking Thanksgiving Ridership

November 30, 2011

It is well known that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, but an Amtrak press release has revealed that this Thanksgiving may have been one of the busiest ever.  Amtrak’s preliminary ridership numbers indicated that 720,000 people traveled on Amtrak trains this holiday.  When compared to the 2010 Thanksgiving travel […]

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Federal Funding Granted For Honolulu Rail Transit Project

November 29, 2011

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project has been approved to receive a share of the $510 million federal fund allocation for Hawaii, according to the statement by Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka announced on Tuesday.  After a passing vote in Senate of 70 to 30, President Barack Obama recently signed the Conference Report, which grants […]

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Arizona Power Company Wins $63 Million Case Against BNSF and UP

November 29, 2011

Business Week has reported that a small nonprofit power company has won a significant legal battle against BNSF Railway and Union Pacific.  The company, the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative Inc. (AEPCO), services about 150,000 customers in southern and western Arizona and has had a case against the railroads since 2008.  AEPCO has claimed to be […]

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Funding Secured for First Phase of California High-Speed Rail

November 27, 2011

An important step in making California high-speed rail a reality has recently been announced in a California High-Speed Rail Authority press release.  The announcement reveals that the authority and the Federal Railroad Administration have signed a cooperative agreement, which will allot $928 million for the first phase of high-speed rail construction.  With this agreement, it […]

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HOTSPOT- Butler, Indiana

November 25, 2011

Butler, Indiana, located in the northeastern corner of the Hoosier State along U.S. 6, is a great train-watching location. Not as renowned as Wellsboro or Elkart, Butler has two busy mainlines crossing at a severe angle that is accessible without being apprehended for tresspassing. Norfolk Southern’s Detroit-Kansas City mainline crosses their ex-Conrail Chicago Line, once […]

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Fulton County Authority- Rochester, Indiana

November 25, 2011

Following the Erie Lackawanna’s 1972 bankruptcy, Conrail picked up the remains in 1976, and promptly eliminated all trackage west of Marion, Ohio as a through route. After short line operators Erie Western and Chicago & Indiana RR went belly-up, most of it was returned to Mother Nature. One segment west of Rochester,Indiana was retained by […]

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