High speed rail funding will improve Eagle service to Arkansas.

It is true that the high speed rail money yesterday did not include anything for the studies being conducted by the Highway Department. That was expected, however, sources send me some good news for the Texas Eagle route, which serves Little Rock on the Chicago-San Antonio run.

… even though we did not get funding through ARRA, there were some additional projects awarded from a different pot of money — FRA FY-2009 appropriations.  Trinity Railway Express got $7 million from that source to complete the double tracking of the line between DAL and FTW.  This will allow Eagle to finally move to that line.  (On a recent detour move due to UP freight derailment, the Eagle used TRE and made it across in 38 minutes.  Timetable allowance on UP is about 90 minutes.)

Better running times between St. Louis and Chicago are a major improvement for the Eagle. The state of Illinois has already made a big financial commitment to this route.

The White House and DOT website erroneously listed another $4 million awarded to Texas for “signal and grade crossing improvements” between Ft Worth and Austin, to benefit the Texas Eagle …  the $4 million will be used for the same improvements, but between FTW and Gainesville, on the Heartland Flyer.

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About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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