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Hotline #1,098

Government Shutdown Continues; Four Railroads Completed PTC Requirements; Amtrak’s NEC is at Risk Due to Climate Change; Lawsuit Against Brightline Dismissed; WMATA To Improve OTP; AZ Contractors File Lawsuit to Keep Funding for Phoenix Light Rail

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Hotline #1,097

Amtrak Announces 75 New Diesel Locomotives for Long Distance Routes; Southwest Chief Awarded $9.16 Million Infrastructure Upgrade Grant; One Year After Train 501 Derailment; Congressional Budget Office Suggests Elimination of Amtrak and FTA; Brightline To Start Orlando-to-West Palm Construction in 2019; Milwaukee’s The Hop Provides More Than 76,000 Rides in First Month; Rail Passengers Advocate in Moab, UT

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Hotline #1,096

RPA Calls Out NSRL Study Flaws; Amtrak Requests Keeping Portal Bridge Closed at Rush Hour; Norfolk Southern Suspends Participation in Passenger Rail Study; Gas Tax Proposed by Illinois Mayors for Transit Projects; NJ Transit to Purchase 113 Rail Cars; OKC Streetcar Opens for Service

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Hotline #1,095

Presidential Infrastructure Package Coming Soon with More Federal Cash; Tariffs Driving Up Cost of Infrastructure Projects Nationwide; Amtrak Responds to Rail Passengers’ Open Letter; Union Pacific Funeral Train takes President George H.W. Bush to Final Resting Place; South Atlanta to Get Light Rail; and Rail Passengers Gives A Detailed Look Inside HQ

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Hotline #1,094

Gov. Cuomo gets no commitment from White House on Hudson River tunnels, but optimistic about new way forward; FTA announced $281 million in funding for transit projects in Arizona, California, Minnesota and Texas; public meetings begin for passenger-rail service between Portland and Eugene; Brightline receives approval to negotiate for land; the vote that will decide the fate of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad is scheduled; Amtrak had a few Thanksgiving travel mishaps; and Amtrak kicks off long-distance promotions.

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Hotline #1,093

Thanksgiving Edition; Amtrak Urges Travelers to Arrive Early; Amtrak Announces Black Friday Sale; FRA Issues Final Rule for High-Speed Rail Safety Standards; FTA Funds Sound Transit Light-Rail Extension; Brightline Becomes Virgin Trains USA; Holiday Schedules are Announced; and North Carolina DOT announces “Mobi Awards”

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Hotline #1,092

Amazon HQ2 Needs to Fund Transportation; 80% of survey respondents favor the Gateway Project; Amtrak Auditors Reveal $2.3M to $6.4M Could Be Put To Better Use; MTA To Purchase NY’s Grand Central; U.S. Baseball All-Stars Ride a Bullet Train; Thanksgiving Travel Will Be the Highest Since 2005

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Hotline #1,091

Midterm Election Takeaways; NJ Officials Urge USCG To Keep Portal Bridge Closed; NJ Transit Light Rail Funding Stalled; Brightline Submits Orlando To Tampa Proposal; RPA Launches New Photo Contest; Station Volunteer Program Launches in Niles, MI

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Hotline #1,090

Rail Passengers Outline Transit-Related Ballots; Cardinal Service Returns to New York City; Rail Advocates Push For Increased Service in Upstate NY; Officials Look To Support MARC Service in WV; Texas Central and Renfe Sign Operations Agreement; Amtrak Marks Phase 2 For Chicago Union Station; Amtrak to Keep SWC Dining Car Service

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Hotline #1,089

RPA Issues Open Letter to Amtrak Calling for More and Better Trains; RailNation-Miami a Success; NY Gov. Cuomo Presses Trump on Gateway; Fort Pierce and Stuart Submit Proposal for Brightline Station; Schenectady Station Opens Two Weeks Early; Route Between Fort Wayne and Chicago Could See 765,000 per year in 2035

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