Federal Budget Could Impact Hudson Rail Tunnel, MTA

A federal government shutdown is officially off the table — at least for a few more weeks. The House voted on Tuesday to pass a “continuing resolution” that funds government operations through November 18, which means legislators can focus some attention on the fiscal year 2012 budget. The Depts. of Transportation and Housing & [...]

$745 Million For Northeast Corridor Rail is Saved

A $450 million grant for the Northeast Corridor should lead to more reliable service on NJ Transit and Amtrak.

USDOT announced today that it has released $745 million for two high-speed rail projects to improve service on the Northeast Corridor in New Jersey and New York. The move ensures that Amtrak will receive the [...]

Albany’s Livingston Avenue Bridge: Who Decides?

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The Livingston Avenue Bridge is one of only a few connections between Albany and Rensselaer, making it critically important that pedestrians and cyclists get access to the bridge.

When Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected $2 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail earlier this year, NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald was quick to the [...]

“Back on Track”: A New Source for NE Corridor News

Last month, the Business Alliance for Northeast Mobility launched a new blog, “Back on Track: Northeast,” to follow the region’s progress towards establishing high-quality passenger rail service in the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The blog is meant to serve as a common platform for information and research regarding the importance and need for investment in the [...]

House of Horrors: Bill That Could Strip $833M For Rail in Tri-State Region Passes

On Friday, the House passed the Energy and Water Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012 that would redirect $1 billion in unobligated high-speed rail funds for flood relief efforts in the Midwest. $833 million was awarded to the tri-state region in May, and much of it is still at risk because it has not yet been [...]

Another GOP Attempt to Defund Northeast Corridor Rail

An amendment from Rep. Rod Frelinghuysen could defund rail projects in his home state of New Jersey and throughout the tri-state region.

Much of the recent commentary on Northeast Corridor high-speed rail has revolved around House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica’s proposal to privatize the system. But Dan Schned of America [...]

Nearly $900M in High-Speed Rail Funds for Region

The Harold Interlocking in Queens (the work shown here is part of the LIRR's East Side Access project).

The region will receive almost $900 million for high-speed rail projects from the funds rejected by Florida’s governor earlier this year, with the majority of funds going to the Northeast Corridor. USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood [...]

Amtrak Tries Picking Up the ARC Pieces With “Gateway Project”

Amtrak's proposed "Gateway Tunnel" would increase capacity for both NJ Transit and Amtrak.

This morning, NJ’s Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez joined Amtrak President Joseph Boardman to make the exciting announcement that Amtrak will try to take the lead on a new trans-Hudson rail project, the “Gateway Project.” The agency has proposed [...]

House GOP: Northeast Corridor, New Haven-Springfield Worthy Of High-Speed Rail $

Newly ascendant House Republicans are taking a different tack when it comes to national plans for high-speed rail. At a hearing at Grand Central Terminal in NYC, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) restated his priorities for the national high-speed rail program. These have been two-fold: 1) Concentrate high-speed rail [...]

New York Passenger Rail Costs Set to Soar

The two main intercity rail services in New York are Amtrak's Empire Service and Adirondack.

As previously noted in MTR, New York State is facing a bleak revenue outlook for non-MTA bus operations and intercity passenger rail (Amtrak).  It’s soon to get bleaker. The State’s transportation capital program and rail plan both [...]