News Wire Digest second section for Thursday, Feb. 20

Proposed legislation would help finish California high speed project; Texas Central offers first information on train interiors; and more
Trains Industry Newsletter
Get a weekly roundup of the industry news you need.
By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine. View our privacy policy.

More Thursday morning rail news:

— U.S. Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation to help fund completion of California’s high speed rail project at a Friday event in Madera, Calif. According to a press release, the High-Speed Rail Corridor Development Act of 2020 would provide $32 billion in funding for projects in federal designated high-speed rail corridors.

— Texas Central is offering a first look at interiors of the trains it plans to operate in high speed service between Dallas and Houston. On its website, the company says it will offer two-and-two or two-and-one seating, and is emphasizing the difference between its seating and that of an airplane, with up to 41 inches of seat pitch and 32 inches of legroom. 

— Pan-Am Railways’ Hoosac Tunnel remained closed Wednesday following its Feb. 12 closure due to a partial wall collapse in the 135-year-old bore, but expectations are that the route could reopen sometime this week. Norfolk Southern told customers earlier this week the line was expected to reopen Saturday.

— An Oregon bill would prevent police from stopping riders who they believe may not have paid a fare to ride. The bill before the Oregon House of Representatives, introduced by Rep. Diego Hernandez (D-Portland), is in response to concerned about “disparities in fare encorcement, KATU-TV reports. TriMet, the Portland area transit agency, issued a statement opposing the bill.




Leave a Comment
Want to leave a comment?
Only registered members of are allowed to leave comments. Registration is FREE and only takes a couple minutes.

Login or Register now.
Please keep your feedback on-topic and respectful. Trains staffers reserve the right to edit or delete any comments.


The history of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy
Subscribe Up To 54% off the newsstand price!
Subscribe To Trains Mag Today