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Northeast’s century-old rail bridges, tunnels land $9 billion overhaul

December 22, 2022

More than a dozen century-old bridges and tunnels, the creaky backbone of the nation’s most important railroad corridor, are set to receive nearly $9 billion in new infrastructure grants, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said this week, marking the biggest step yet to begin overhauling the busy-but-antiquated line running from Washington to Boston. Read More


Biden-Harris Administration Announces $1.5 Billion Available through the 2023 RAISE Grant Program

December 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program for 2023. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact. Read More


New passenger trains coming to the I-5 corridor

December 15, 2022

Amtrak Cascades unveils new trainsets coming in 2026

OLYMPIA – A new fleet of Northwest-themed Amtrak Cascades trains will transport passengers in style between Seattle, Vancouver, BC, Portland and other stations along the I-5 corridor when eight new trainsets and two new locomotives arrive in the Pacific Northwest in 2026. Read More


A first look at the trains that will replace Amtrak’s 50-year-old rail cars

December 15, 2022

Amtrak on Thursday unveiled details of the trains that will replace some of the carrier’s 50-year-old rail cars, starting in 2026. Read More


Acting Director Named for STB Office of Passenger Rail

December 9, 2022

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has selected Neil Moyer as acting Director of its Office of Passenger Rail, which is responsible for investigating and analyzing issues regarding Amtrak on-time performance (OTP). Read More


Senate Advances Amtrak, STB Nominees

December 8, 2022

Five Presidential nominees to the Amtrak Board of Directors—one a renomination—and one re-nominee to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) were recommended for Senate confirmation Dec. 7 by the Senate Commerce Committee meeting in Executive Session. Read More