This week we learned where the next Brightline station in Florida will be constructed. In October, Brightline launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new station located in the Treasure Coast. It was reported that five proposals were submitted, including...
The $8.2 billion in grants for train projects got most of the spotlight in the recent blockbuster announcement by the Federal Railroad Administration. But the FRA’s new Corridor ID program will be even more pivotal in creating a national network of high-speed trains across the US.
The FRA named 69 projects across 44 states for inclusion in Corridor ID’s initial round. New applications will be reviewed on a roughly annual basis. Proposed projects must have a sponsor—typically Amtrak, a state, or a coalition of local government entities.
Big-picture, Corridor ID accomplishes three crucial things:
- Creates a process for agencies to apply for and be awarded federal grants for planning railroad projects.
- Gives relevant agencies and Congress a tool to evaluate the priority and overall value of proposed projects.
- Builds a foundation for the Federal Railroad Administration to plan a national network of fast, frequent, and affordable trains. As the FRA notes, Corridor ID is a comprehensive planning and development program “that will help guide intercity passenger rail development throughout the country and create a pipeline of . . . projects ready for implementation.”
Exploring the Potential of Providing High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Service to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
Three European hubs offer a lesson for O’Hare Airport.
“The one thing that O’Hare service needs is to be consistent and reliable,” says Metra leader Jim Derwinski. “If it’s every hour, we’re getting better. And ideally, we’re down to 30 minutes or 20 minutes.”
Millions of people need a better way to get to O’Hare: executives in downtown Chicago, students in Champaign, orthopedic device designers in Warsaw, Indiana, and many others. We all want a fast, reliable, and low-stress way to catch a flight.
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Our allies at the Rail Passengers Association share a first look at Amtrak’s request for proposals to replace its long-distance fleet.
Mexico has officially opened sections of a new passenger line serving the Yucatan peninsula, including Cancún Airport.
“I really believe that after the first time, the first day, when an American on American soil, can take a ride on true high-speed rail, it’s going to open up an era. There will be no going back. It’s going to create a demand and an expectation that we offer that across the country.”
On December 11th, Italian rail operator Trenitalia tested a route between Venice, and the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.
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