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Outside-the-Box Partnerships Can Be Win-Wins for Transit Agencies

Written By Malcolm Kenton Not often do public transit agencies take big, outside-the-box moves to raise revenue, attract new riders, and build public goodwill. Agencies too often act like staid bureaucracies unwilling to go out on a limb and try something new. That's why I was pleased to hear of a deal that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)announced yesterday that it had made with Groupon, an innovative national company that offers its members the chance to buy deeply-discounted coupons to r

A Critical Juncture for High-Speed Rail in America

Written By Malcolm Kenton Public debate around the California High-Speed Rail project is heating up as the state legislature prepares to vote on whether or not to continue funding the momentous undertaking, which still represents America's best shot at having a world-class high-speed rail line up and running within the next 10 years. The project's opponents continue to distort reality in arguing that the state can't afford high-speed rail -- when, in fact, it would cost the state even more over

Rally to Restore the Sunset Limited!

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Rally to Restore the Sunset Limited! Local train advocates are holding a rally to help restore the Sunset Limited at 11am on Saturday, June 23rd. The event will be held at the historical Tallahassee Train Station, and will feature speakers, live Music, food and refreshments. The rally will move over to the Railroad Square Art Park for a free concert by JB's Zydezo Zoo. There will be a special evening concert featuring Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers held

Downeaster train will spur $7.2 billion in construction, says FRA head

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Maine has one of the most aggressive rail passenger rail programs in the country, and last week Federal Administrator Joe Szabo gave a compelling address about how that's helping Maine's economy: Tourism is one of Maine’s biggest industries. According to Carolann Oulette, Director of Maine’s Office of Tourism, more visitors come to Maine from Boston than any other location. Last week I visited Maine, where federal and state investments in the Downeaster service

Youth demand for automobiles on the wane

Written By Sean Jeans Gail Image: Wikicommons; Author: HallgrimssonProgressive Railroading's Julie Sneider had an interesting piece this week on the waning interest in automobiles on display among American youth: Americans’ love of driving had been increasing steadily from the end of World War II until early in the 21st century. But in 2011, the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles than in 2004, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund and the

You Have The Right To Be On Time

After Years Of Tussle, We Head Again To The Supreme Court...Or Do We?

by Jim Mathews / As all sides again gather o head back to the Supreme Court, the landscape today is a little different than it once was.