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  • In response to the Rock Island Bankruptcy Trustee’s decision to liquidate all the rail assets in the early 1980’s, the state of Oklahoma purchased 542 miles of railroad for $23 million dollars.  95% of those lines are still in revenue service today providing rail service by short lines and Class I’s all over the state of Oklahoma and the state of Oklahoma has been repaid for every cent invested.

  • The LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency recently launched a new transit transfer program that allows Pacific Surfliner passengers to make free connections to 12 local bus and transit services, and offers discounted 1-day passes for bus and rail transit services in Los Angeles and San Diego for sale onboard in the café car.  The Pacific Surfliner is the Amtrak's second busiest corridor, with annual ridership of 2,827,134 in FFY 2015.

  • The San Joaquin Corridor began its 7th Daily Roundtrip between Bakersfield and Oakland, CA.  Amtrak's 7th busiest corridor had ridership of 1,177,073 in FFY' 2015.

  • According to the Ohio Rail Development Commission’s most recent state rail plan Ohio has more rail lines per square mile than any other state.​

  • You may not be able to see it – but some passengers will be very aware of the recently reconstructed ​Milwaukee Intermodal Station concourse’s state-of-the-art hearing technology.  The new ListenLoop system allows transit users with hearing assists to clearly hear station announcements and get where they want to go without worry. This concourse is the first in the US to have 100% coverage with hearing loop technology.​

  • Since the inception of Florida’s Strategic Intermodal System program in FY 2005, the State has spent just over $472M on freight rail capacity projects.​

  • The Cap-and-Trade funded Transit and Intercity Rail Program released its second round of grant awards on August 16th, awarding over $390 million statewide to 14 projects, including $136,662,000 in funding to 5 intercity and commuter rail projects (Caltrain, Capitol Corridor, ACE, Redlands, and LOSSAN).  The intercity and commuter rail projects include a great deal of matching funds from other sources.  Total project value of the 5 projects is over $2.69 billion.

  • On Dec. 15, 2014 the new Dearborn Amtrak Station was dedicated, serving both the city of Dearborn, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.  It is the first station in Michigan to have a double platform, a retractable platform edge, and platforms 15 inches above the top of rail on a main line.  All other platforms in Michigan are 8 inches above the top of rail, except the new Grand Rapids Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station, which also is 15 inches above the top of rail.​