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Hotline #1,135

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Transportation Funding Bill – Amtrak Support Up $58 Million; Congress Works To Advert Government Shut-Down; California High-Speed Rail Authority Selects Preferred Alternatives For Rail Alignment; Funding For Los Angeles Union Station Run Through Project Announced; Progress For Las Vegas – Los Angeles High Speed Rail Project; Creation of the Southwest Chief Mayors Coalition Announced; Virginia Celebrates 10 Years Of State-Supported Services; Updated Plan For New Portal Bridge Project Released; Texas Central Signs Construction Agreement; Denver Rail Yard Poised For Transportation Development; Cleveland RTA Eyes New Cars; Alstom Expands New York State Plant; New York’s MTA Releases Historic Capital Improvement Plan

September 20, 2019 Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We will include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send the

Hotline #1,134

Amtrak Responds To Dining Concerns; Senate Appropriators Approve Spending Levels For FY20 Spending Bills; Amtrak Updates App; An Ideal State For Amtrak; What I Learned On My Summer Adventure; Virginia Receives Positive ‘Record of Decision’; Portland, OR Light Rail Extension Faces Funding Gap; Amtrak Announces New Acela ‘Non-Stop’ Amenities; PTC Installation Reaches 87%; New Wisconsin Funding Source; Chicago CTA Project Moves Forward

September 14, 2019 Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We will include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send the

Hotline #1,133

New Orleans Station Improvement Project Kicks-Off; Senator Roger Wicker Applauds Recent Rail Grants For Gulf Coast Service; Renewed Interest In Potential Austin to San Antonio Rail Corridor; 'The Power of Patient Advocacy'; Performance Standards To Advance; Texas Central Receives Positive Ruling From FRA; DC’s Long Bridge Project Advances; Amtrak Wraps Up NY Penn Station Summer Projects; Virgin Trains USA To Start Las Vegas Route Construction; First Track Laid For Maryland’s Purple Line; Hurricane Dorian Still Affecting Amtrak

Hotline #: 1133 - September 6, 2019 Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We will include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the wor

Hotline #1,132

Grant For Gulf Coast Service Announced; Rep. Peter DeFazio Supports National Network; Rail Passengers Urge Dining Upgrades; Summer By Rail Wrap Up; Hurricane Dorian Effects Florida Services; Gateway Project Revisions; Acela II Interior Views; Knowledge Corridor Service Expansion; Phoenix Voters Support Light Rail; Kansas City Transit May Become Free

Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We will include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send them to us. We can put

Hotline #1,131

Federal Railroad Administration Releases Capital Grants; Texas State Representatives Urge Transportation Hearings; Prospects For Las Vegas Light Rail; City of New Orleans Fare Sale Announced New Jersey Transit To Release Operating Stats; Additional Amtrak Service To New Brunswick & Princeton Junction; NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Rides Train To State Fair; U.S. – Canadian Border Treaty Ratified; LIRR To End On-Board Cash Ticket Sales; Pennsylvania To Hold Hearing On Additional Cross-State Service; Bernie Sanders Releases Transportation Plan

Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We will include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send them to us. We can put

Hotline #1,130

California High-Speed Rail Authority Settles Lawsuit Over Rail Alignment; FRA Issues Notice Of Grant Funding Opportunity; Harris County (TX) $3.5B Bond Issue For Transit; Summer By Rail 2019 Update; Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit Announces Partial System Opening; Las Vegas Xpress Claims Service To Start Next Summer; Southwest Chief - Front Range Passenger Rail Commission Holds Public Hearing; Amtrak Maple Leaf Service Disruption; Ontario’s GO Transit Expands Service; Amtrak Share Fares Expand; 50% Off Fares For September Offered; Private Companies Plan For Milwaukee Commuter Rail; Service Expansions In Massachusetts; Is A Chicago to Toronto Train In The Cards?

August 16, 2019 Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We will include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send them t

Hotline #1,129

Phoenix Voters Urged To Vote NO On Prop 105; Catch Up With Chef Madi On Summer By Rail: New Food Court Coming To Chicago Union Station: Rail Passengers Joe Aiello Testifies Before Boston City Council: NJT To Video Train Crews, But Won’t Release PTC Costs: Sacramento To Order New Light Rail Cars: Empire Corridor Service To NYS Fair: New Cars For South Shore Line: Café Car Service Downgrade On Lake Shore Limited: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Survives; Hearing Planned On Cuts To WV MARC Service; Clemson, SC Amtrak Station Re-Opens; Report Released On VIA Rail Canadian Delays; Glendale Looks To Bring Back Streetcars

Hotline #: 1129 - August 9, 2019 Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live’! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if

Hotline #1,128

Virgin Trains USA Advances Planning For Las Vegas Project; This Week’s 2019 Summer By Rail Update; Could California High Speed Rail Funds Go To Other State Projects?; Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Passes $287B Highway Re-Authorization Bill; Senate Concerned With PTC Progress: City of New Orleans Back On Full Route: Phoenix Transit Advocates Concerned With Voter Propositions; New River Gorge Will Operate This Fall; CP Rail Dampens Hiawatha Service Expansion Plans

Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live’! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send them to us. We can put th

Hotline #1,127

RailNation:California Speakers Announced; Senate Commerce Committee Grills Amtrak Board Nominee; Summer By Rail Covers The South; New Jersey & New York Governors Create Gateway Development Commission; Lyft Adds New York MTA Info To Their App; Caltrain Improvements Examined; Light Rail Expansion To Houston Airport; California Signs MOU With FRA; Amtrak To Introduce NY-WAS Express Acela Express; Amtrak Goes To STB Over METRA Lease Impasse; Senate Committee To Release Re-Authorization Draft

Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live’! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if you send them to us. We can put th

Hotline #1,126

Fighting Media Bias Against Amtrak; California High Speed Rail Issues RFQ For Track Construction; Catch Up On Summer By Rail 2019; Auto Train Passenger Service Changes; Rail Passengers Tackle Contemporary Dining; Pacific NW High Speed Rail Study; Behind The Scenes of the Wall Street Journal Video; Senate Hearing On Amtrak Board Nominees; House Committee Hearing On FTA Grant Management; NJT Train Cancellations; CAF Delivers Baggage-Dorm Cars; DeKalb Country (GA) Supports Rail; Sunrail Expansion Continues; Anti-Chinese Language May Hurt US Employment; Hiawatha Service Increase Planned

Hotline #: 1126 - July 19, 2019 Tell Us What’s Happening Where You Live’! When you see rail-related news stories, op-eds, editorials, or letters to the editor in your communities, send them along to us! We include them in our social media efforts, along with the weekly Hotline. Send your news items to Joe Aiello at jaiello[at]narprail.org, and we will share it with members. Are you holding a rally, a community meeting, or another kind of rail-advocacy event? We can help spread the word if y