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One of the most frustrating federal regulations regarding passenger rail has been the Federal Railroad Administration rules requiring American passenger trains using tracks shared by freight trains to be built substantially heavier than most other passenger trains around the world. This makes it impossible for American passenger rail operators to buy off-the-shelf trainsets from Europe […]

Oct 31st, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pledging that “it’s not over yet” when it comes to the XpressWest high speed rail project: Sen. Harry Reid will be doing some shuttle diplomacy with the White House next week to get things moving on a suspended federal loan application for the XpressWest high-speed rail […]

Jul 18th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

The letter that Ray LaHood wrote to XpressWest to inform them their loan application review had been suspended has now surfaced. (Hat tip to Mike Rosenberg.) As you can see in the letter, which is embedded below, XpressWest was struggling to meet the federal government’s Buy America rules mandating domestic manufacturing for projects that use […]

Jul 16th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized

Back in March two Congressional Republicans – Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin – wrote to Ray LaHood hoping to block a federal loan for the XpressWest project to link Southern California and Southern Nevada with high speed rail. Today Sessions and Ryan released a letter they wrote to the […]

Jul 11th, 2013 | Filed under Uncategorized