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good relationship

by then Secretary of Transportation, Drew Lewis, and Federal Railroad Administrator Robert Blanchette, both Reagan appointees. Despite the fact that Claytor frequently opposed the Reagan Administration over Amtrak funding issues, he was strongly supported by John H. Riley, an attorney who was the highly skilled head of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under the Reagan Administration from 1983–1989. Claytor, the longest serving Amtrak CEO, at 12 years, clearly enjoyed a good

relationship with Congress and was perceived by many in the rail industry and government to have done an outstanding job of running Amtrak. Due to limited federal funding, Claytor was forced to use short-term debt (money market) to keep most of its operations running.


training quot

the track with WES include cab signals as part of a system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions. Cars on the line are serviced and maintained by TriMet at the maintenance facility at the southern end of the line in Wilsonville. Adjacent to Wilsonville Station, the blue metal structure employs six mechanics. The adjacent rail yard is used to store all WES trains when not in service. Desert Xpress Enterprises Desert Xpress Enterprises has proposed Desert Xpress, a privately owned high-speed rail line running nonstop from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, a 200-mile run along the I-15 corridor. The Federal Railroad Administration public scoping meetings on July 25 and July 26, 2006, could lead to an environmental impact statement for the project. Notably, federal planners identified New York State's Empire Corridor (Buffalo-Albany-New York City) as one of the best-suited for high-speed rail service. http: www.fra.dot.gov us content 201, Federal Railroad Administration report; October 21, 2003 In 2005, New York State Senate Majority Leader (Majority Leader of the New York State Senate) Joseph Bruno expressed renewed interest in high-speed rail proposed research into high-speed rail development in New York State as part of a plan to boost Upstate New York's economy. "Fast Trains in NY: Slashing Travel Time is Key to Accelerating Upstate Economy" by Joseph Bruno In addition, the Empire Limited Amtrak service between New York and Albany already has one of the highest levels of ridership outside the Northeast Corridor and Acela lines. regulations require railroads to notify the w:Federal Railroad Administration Federal Railroad Administration any time that a false signal to proceed is known to have occurred. A number of different conditions can cause false proceed signals, including communication circuit failures, wiring errors or, more rarely, software bugs. In one instance, such a design flaw on an Amtrak (w:Amtrak) line went undetected for nearly 35 years.


quot partnership

; he and other Congressional delegation members questioned the FRA's "partnership" approach as being "too cozy a relationship to the railroads" and cited an article in The New York Times that reported that the acting FRA administrator, Betty Monro, and the chief lobbyist for Union Pacific, Mary E. McAuliffe, had vacationed several times together on Nantucket. Background Following the success of high-speed rail elsewhere

the FRA invited discussions with representatives of rail labor unions to discuss the problem. Trains on WES were designed to travel at an average speed of . Each self-propelled car has two Detroit Diesel engines, each of which is rated at 600 horsepower. TriMet was required to purchase U.S.-manufactured trains due to federal funding


technical expertise

is in talks with a number of countries with high-speed rail, notably Japan, France and Spain. On 16 May 2009, FRA Deputy Chief Karen Rae expressed hope that Japan would offer its technical expertise to Canada (High-speed rail in Canada) and the United States (High-speed rail in the United States). Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood indicated interest in test riding the Japanese Shinkansen in 2009.


speed line

on the Philadelphia and Western Railroad high-speed third rail line (now the Norristown High Speed Line). Such arrangements are almost impossible now, due to the Federal Railroad Administration refusing (for crash safety reasons) to allow non-FRA compliant railcars (i.e. subway and light rail vehicles) to run on the same tracks at the same times as compliant railcars, which includes locomotives and standard railroad passenger and freight equipment. Notable exceptions in the USA


partnership quot

; he and other Congressional delegation members questioned the FRA's "partnership" approach as being "too cozy a relationship to the railroads" and cited an article in The New York Times that reported that the acting FRA administrator, Betty Monro, and the chief lobbyist for Union Pacific, Mary E. McAuliffe, had vacationed several times together on Nantucket. Background Following the success of high-speed rail elsewhere the US Federal Railroad Administration explored the possibilities of high-speed rail in the United States. On December 18, 1991 a range of five high speed rail corridors were authorized ("Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) (PL 102-240)") including the Northeast Corridor. Desert Xpress Enterprises Desert Xpress Enterprises has proposed Desert Xpress, a privately owned high-speed rail line running nonstop from Victorville, California, to Las Vegas, a 200-mile run along the I-15 corridor. The Federal Railroad Administration public scoping meetings on July 25 and July 26, 2006, could lead to an environmental impact statement for the project. Notably, federal planners identified New York State's Empire Corridor (Buffalo-Albany-New York City) as one of the best-suited for high-speed rail service. http: www.fra.dot.gov us content 201, Federal Railroad Administration report; October 21, 2003 In 2005, New York State Senate Majority Leader (Majority Leader of the New York State Senate) Joseph Bruno expressed renewed interest in high-speed rail proposed research into high-speed rail development in New York State as part of a plan to boost Upstate New York's economy. "Fast Trains in NY: Slashing Travel Time is Key to Accelerating Upstate Economy" by Joseph Bruno In addition, the Empire Limited Amtrak service between New York and Albany already has one of the highest levels of ridership outside the Northeast Corridor and Acela lines. regulations require railroads to notify the w:Federal Railroad Administration Federal Railroad Administration any time that a false signal to proceed is known to have occurred. A number of different conditions can cause false proceed signals, including communication circuit failures, wiring errors or, more rarely, software bugs. In one instance, such a design flaw on an Amtrak (w:Amtrak) line went undetected for nearly 35 years.


quot training

the track with WES include cab signals as part of a system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions. Cars on the line are serviced and maintained by TriMet at the maintenance facility at the southern end of the line in Wilsonville. Adjacent to Wilsonville Station, the blue metal structure employs six mechanics. The adjacent rail yard is used to store all WES trains when not in service.


research program

by its diversity and the variety of modular design combinations. www.onlinepubs.trb.org Transit Cooperative Research Program - Research Results Digest- September 2001—Number 43, page 27 - Retrieved on 2010-05-01 month April year 2003 publisher Office of Research and Development, Federal Railroad Administration, United States Department of Transportation url http: www.fra.dot.gov downloads research


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revealed several serious safety lapses on the part of the Union Pacific and its employees; specifically, Federal Railroad Administration officials in 2004 have reported that the Union Pacific had "notable deficiencies", including its employees not following the company's own safety rules.

the US Federal Railroad Administration explored the possibilities of high-speed rail in the United States. On December 18, 1991 a range of five high speed rail corridors were authorized ("Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) (PL 102-240)") including the Northeast Corridor.


supporting+high

- Orlando - Miami corridor, broken into two components: Orlando-Tampa and Orlando-Miami. Connect Us, a political action committee, was launched on August 18, 2009 to rally public support for these applications. ConnectUs: Supporting High Speed Rail in Florida. Fastrailconnectus.com (2009

Federal Railroad Administration

The '''Federal Railroad Administration''' ('''FRA''') is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. Department of Transportation). The agency was created by the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. , section 3(e)(1). The purpose of FRA is to promulgate and enforce rail (railroad) safety regulations, administer railroad assistance programs, conduct research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy, provide for the rehabilitation of Northeast Corridor rail passenger service, and consolidate government support of rail transportation activities. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). "Federal Railroad Administration: About Us."

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