In this News Update the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2014, was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week. We have details and reaction to the four-year bipartisan bill which authorizes funding for Amtrak. Also in the news—the USDOT sends $1.5 million in emergency relief funds to the Nevada Department of Transportation for damages caused in the aftermath of hurricane Norbert. Also in the news--10 transportation projects are competing for two final prizes in the America’s Transportation Awards competition. One of the prizes will go to the project receiving the most on-line votes. Find out how to vote in this News Update.