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March 22, 2020
Emails to DC still needed
March 21, 2020

Tell your Senators: Put trains into emergency relief package

The Senate is working a on emergency relief package today Saturday 3/21. They may vote today or on Monday.

Please CALL your senators' offices and leave a simple message: Please include at least $1 billion for Amtrak and Brightline in the emergency relief package. Fill in your name and address to get their phone numbers. Then, you can follow up by sending the email and/or tweet.

Click here to take action.

March 17, 2020

There is an $850 billion stimulus bill moving through Congress very quickly.  The Senate is hoping to act this week.

The airlines are asking for $45 billion, and the airports are asking for $10 billion, to help them overcome the drastic reduction in travel in the last two weeks.

Fast, frequent and dependable trains are just as important as airlines in keeping the country connected.  Amtrak, Brightline and commuter railroads are feeling the same impacts as the airlines.

March 11, 2020

Trains have crossed the Alps for nearly two centuries. Now they're going right through them. And there is an important lesson for California in this story. It needs the same bold vision and determination to make its Bay Area to L.A. line a reality.

For centuries, the Alps were a huge barrier to trade and tourism. Europe solved the problem in the 1800s by building railroad routes up and over them. But running tunnels directly through the mountains was always a better solution. Now it’s happening.

March 11, 2020

“We need to face the music,” according to Transportation for America. “We are doubling and tripling down on a failed strategy.”

The U.S. has tried for decades to build its way out of congestion problems by adding new roads and highways. The result—as detailed by T4America’s new report, The Congestion Con—is ever-more congestion and gridlock.

February 28, 2020

The California High Speed Rail Authority has just released the first Draft Environmental Document for the Bakersfield to Palmdale segment of its Bay Area to Los Angeles high-speed line. Several public meetings are scheduled for March and April, and the CHSRA is accepting comments on the document through April 13.

February 28, 2020
Texas Competes with L.A./Las Vegas for First True High-Speed Line; Experts Say the Time has Arrived for High-Speed Rail, California High Speed Rail Authority Seeks Input 80-Mile HSR Segment
February 14, 2020
California Outlines Progress Toward North America's First High-Speed Rail System; New House Bill would Authorize $32 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funding
February 08, 2020
TGV #01, the first unit of the first generation TGV (high speed train), took a farewell tour this past week to celebrate 40 years of service. Photo: Jean Marc Frybourg; U.S. House proposal includes $55 billion for passenger rail; East - West Rail Study Summary Released
January 17, 2020

We took a brief break in newsletters during the holidays.  Here are some important stories you may have missed.

Atlanta-Charlotte DEIS public meetings held