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  • The final transfer of dispatching from Norfolk Southern to Amtrak and commissioning the double track between Ypsilanti, Michigan and Dearborn, Michigan occurred on May 10, 2017. This is on the 135 miles of former Norfolk Southern track that Michigan DOT purchased as part of the Detroit Chicago corridor program. (5/23/2017)​

  • Recognizing the need to minimize locomotive air pollution, in 2016 the NCDOT Rail Division became the nation's first rail agency to install a specialized selective catalytic reduction system, known as a blended after treatment system (BATS), onto NCDOT Locomotive 1859. The system chemically reduces locomotive emissions before they enter the environment. (5/16/2017)

  • Indiana has a state-funded program that awards up to $40,000.00 per grant to local public agencies and short line railroads for non-train activated warning projects at public rail-highway intersections through the state. (5/9/2017)​

  • Richmond, Virginia's Staples Mill Amtrak station is the busiest in the South. 4 state supported and 3 long distance trains served 356,000 passengers in 2016. (5/2/2017)

  • Illinois (4/25/2017)​
     - Illinois is the only state in which all Seven Class I railroads operate.
     - Chicago is the nation's busiest rail freight gateway and the third largest intermodal container/trailer port in the
       world, following only Singapore and Hong Kong
    - Illinois has approximately 6,986 miles of railroad track, the 2nd largest rail system of any state in the nation.
    - Over 500 million tons (1 trillion pounds) of freight move on Illinois' rail systems each year which is the most of any
      any state in the nation.

  • The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority helped host the 2017 CA Pass Rail Summit this week (April 8-19) and during the event showcased the new Siemens Tier 4 Charger locomotives at a media event. The Chargers have been through acceptance testing and are ready to begin revenue service testing in May 2017. (4/20/2017)​

  • 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. (8/30/2016)

  • 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.​ (8/30/2016)

  • 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.​ (8/23/2016)

  • 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.​ (7/27/2016)

  • 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.​ (7/20/2016)

  • 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. (7/13/2016)

  • 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. (7/6/2016)

  • 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. (6/21/2016)​