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December 26, 2012
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  • Rail line purchase among Calif.'s 2012's newsmakers
    A plan to preserve freight and passenger-rail service in California's Santa Cruz County is one of this year's newsworthy topics, writes Jason Hoppin. The county's Regional Transportation Commission spent $14.2 million to acquire the 31-mile Branch Rail Line. "There's definitely a lot of work. I know some people say 'Well, the project is finished. That's great,' " said Luiz Mendez, the RTC's top assistant. "It's really one phase of the project. Now we move on to the next phase." Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • All Aboard Florida says train could see annual fares of $145M
    All Aboard Florida hopes its proposed Orlando-to-Miami train could be the first successful, privately financed passenger-rail system. Part of this success could stem from the 200 miles of track it would use that is owned by Florida East Coast Railway, a sister company. All Aboard foresees an inaugural trip in 2015, and says it could generate about $145 million in fares per year by 2018. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • Lawmakers are optimistic about passage of Sandy aid bill
    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democratic senators who support legislation seeking $60.4 billion in aid for those affected by Superstorm Sandy said they think they have the votes to clear the bill by the end of this week. The Senate voted to override any move toward a filibuster and will consider 20 additional amendments before a final vote. New York Post (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A detailed look at the next T&I committee chair
    "Transportation is not a partisan issue," said Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who will head the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure come January. This piece looks at Shuster's history, ideology and mentions his potential to buck the GOP's no-new-taxes line. "All options are on the table," said Shuster, in reference to handling infrastructure needs. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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