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Cross River Rail has announced that construction on the project would more than double in 2020.

Brisbane's $8 billion cross-river rail project will never happen, Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman has declared, arguing shorter gaps between trains could be part of the solution to looming inner-city capacity problems.

The future of the state government's yet-to-be funded underground rail project is shaping up as a key election issue, amid imminent moves to submit the business case to the federal government's funding body Infrastructure Australia.

The proposed 18km north-south railway line would include 10 kilometres of underground tunnels from Yeerongpilly to Victoria Park.

Governor Christie scuttled the "Access to the Region's Core" tunnel, and the chairman of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority this month effectively quashed an idea to extend the No. 7 subway to Secaucus.

But Amtrak's Gateway Project — the third of three multibillion-dollar proposals to construct a new pair of rail tunnels under the Hudson River – continues to simmer.

Although it has nowhere near the $14.5 billion needed to ultimately propel high-speed and commuter trains along the Northeast Corridor and into New York Penn Station, Gateway is gaining momentum as a project Amtrak is pitching as an answer to the region's need for rail congestion relief.

On Thursday, the project got a boost when the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $20 million for Amtrak to continue preliminary design and engineering work on the proposal. It still must be approved by the full Senate and House, but its survival in committee at a time when transportation programs are at risk for large funding cuts or elimination has encouraged backers.

Is There Room For Optimism in 2020?

Posted in USA on 2020-01-10 11:45:29

Economic demand forecasting in the U.S. freight logistics market is a complicated task, even when trade patterns are dependable. Today it is very nearly impossible.

Railway projects were included in the ‘283 concrete results’ announced by the hosts following the Second Belt & Road Forum for International Co-operation, which was held in Beijing on April 25-27.

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