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Indeed. Brightline can then connect from Las Vegas to Southern California. Given the amount of growth in southern Utah, it can also improve mobility for residents in St. George, as well as make Bryce and Zion National Parks more accessible.

https://www.ksl.com/article/50380350...in-census-says
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Indeed. Brightline can then connect from Las Vegas to Southern California. Given the amount of growth in southern Utah, it can also improve mobility for residents in St. George, as well as make Bryce and Zion National Parks more accessible.

https://www.ksl.com/article/50380350...in-census-says
Unfortunately, my understanding is that there's no existing rail connection to St. George. I'm guessing they're planning to use the ROW that Desert Wind used to run, which bypasses both Cedar City and St. George and passes through Milford and Caliente instead. The "Intermountain Corridor" would likewise probably follow the old Pioneer route to Boise via Pocatello.

The Utah Rail Passengers Association is advocating for a state-sponsored Amtrak regional network to connect with Cedar City, Logan, and Moab but that's just an idea at this point. Even they don't have St. George connected via rail.


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This is exciting news. Michael Scott will be attending for the ribbon-cutting.

PA: Pennsylvania puts $3.7M toward restoring Poconos passenger rail service link between Scranton, New York City

The funding from the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program would be matched with $3.7 million in federal dollars to install 43,000 new railroad ties on 40 miles of track on the Pocono Mainline.


By Jim Lockwood
Nov. 1, 2022
The Times-Tribune

"Oct. 28—SCRANTON — Pennsylvania made its first significant investment, $3.7 million, to restore passenger rail service between Scranton and New York City through the Poconos and New Jersey.

The funding from the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program would be matched with $3.7 million in federal dollars to install 43,000 new railroad ties on 40 miles of track between Delaware Water Gap and Gouldsboro on the Pocono Mainline, said Larry Malski, president of the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, which owns the rail line.

"We're very happy to see the state aboard" the passenger-rail project, Malski said. "This is the real start of the hardware we've been waiting for to start investing in the line..."

https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/...-new-york-city
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Also, Pennsylvania really does have some great names for towns. This is moosic to the ears of anyone who supports passenger rail. Also, you can never miss an opportunity to make a cheesy transportation pun.

I will be leaving now...

"The RACP funding helps keep the project on track, said U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic."
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The Federal Railroad Administration has posted an introductory website for a long distance passenger train study they will be doing over the next year or so. At the bottom of the link is an option to sign up for the email list.

https://fralongdistancerailstudy.org/
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With the CP and KCS merger, CP agreed to allowing Amtrak to use their tracks for expanded service:

• the Hiawatha route between Chicago and Milwaukee;

• between Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota;

• between New Orleans (IC Junction) and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and

via the Detroit River Tunnel between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario, to connect with VIA Rail Canada

https://www.progressiverailroading.c...n-plans--67843
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I wonder how long it will be before we see Chicago - Toronto service restored. Will be a nice trip, especially with the speed upgrades completed in Michigan.

Now if only VIA can get around to upgrading it's southern Ontario services to get better speeds as well.
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FRA unveils Northeast Corridor project priorities

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Nov. 16, 2022

"The Federal Railroad Administration today released its priorities for intercity passenger-rail service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington, D.C.

The list will advance projects designed to improve and develop commuter and intercity passenger-rail service along the corridor. Specifically, the "project inventory" creates a project pipeline to assist Amtrak, states and the public with long-term planning that will improve service.

The project inventory will guide up to $24 billion in funding that FRA is investing in NEC intercity passenger-rail service through the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program, FRA officials said in a press release..."

https://www.progressiverailroading.c...orities--67996
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FRA Announces Billions in Rail Investments, Revival of High-Speed Rail Planning for Southeast Connecticut and Rhode Island

By Cate Hewitt
Connecticut Examiner
Nov. 16, 2022



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"OLD LYME – Five years after the Federal Railroad Administration set aside the idea of a high-speed rail bypass between Old Saybrook and Kenyon, R.I., in the face of near unanimous opposition across the region, the federal agency announced today that it was reviving a key study intended to settle, once and for all, a route for rail travel between New Haven and Providence.

By law, the completion of the New Haven to Providence Capacity Planning Study is a precondition for any investments to increase rail capacity in the region and must consider on- and off-corridor solutions linking New Haven to Providence.

The study was part of a biennial Northeast Corridor Project Inventory announced on Wednesday that calls for $24 billion of priority projects along the busy rail corridor linking Washington, D.C. and Boston, providing billions of dollars of possible investments in projects in Connecticut, including replacements of the Cos Cob, Devon, Saugatuck and Connecticut River bridges, as well as a new rail station for Hartford..."

https://ctexaminer.com/2022/11/16/fr...-rhode-island/
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Amtrak advances Susquehanna River Rail Bridge project

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Nov. 21, 2022


A rendering of the completed project, which calls for the construction of two fixed bridges to replace the existing bridge. (Image courtesy of Progressive Railroading)

"Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation-Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) plan to award two contracts next year to advance the replacement of the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge.

The $1.5 billion project calls for the construction of a pair of two-track fixed bridges that will replace the existing two-track movable bridge, along with 5 miles of additional realignment and construction, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

The longest moveable bridge on the Northeast Corridor, the structure is used daily by more than 110 Amtrak, Maryland Area Regional Commuter and Norfolk Southern Railway trains..."

https://www.progressiverailroading.c...project--68021
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Hudson Tunnel Project takes steps to secure $6.5B federal grant
Gateway Commission approves Project Development Agreement

By Matthew Fazelpoor
November 21, 2022

"The Gateway Development Commission (GDC) announced a series of actions during a meeting of its board of commissioners Nov. 18 that begin the next phase of advancing the long-anticipated Hudson Tunnel Project forward.

The GDC submitted a request to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the project to enter into the Engineering Phase of the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program process. A Project Development Agreement (PDA) was also approved, which outlines the specific roles and responsibilities of the partner agencies that will govern the project.

The request to the FTA is the next major step toward, hopefully, to obtaining the $6.5 billion federal grant funding the partners are seeking..."

https://njbiz.com/hudson-tunnel-proj...federal-grant/
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U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak ridership jumps by 10 million riders

By David Shepardson
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Nov. 29, 2022

"WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak said ridership jumped by more than 10 million riders in the year ending Sept. 30 and has nearly returned to pre-COVID-19 levels.

Amtrak said ridership rose 89% over 2021 levels to 22.9 million riders -- up 10.8 million passengers over the prior year. Overall ridership hit about 85% of pre-COVID levels in the last six months of the 2022 budget year, Amtrak said, adding it expects ridership and revenue to rise above 90% of pre-COVID levels by September 2023.

Amtrak traffic on the busy Northeast Corridor connecting Boston and Washington more than doubled in the 12-month period to 9.2 million passengers..."

https://www.reuters.com/business/aut...ps-2022-11-29/
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