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  • Investigation turns up massive fraud in Amtrak overtime reporting

    06/24/2015 5:47:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Forty hours in a single day? Some excellent reporting here by Diana Stancy of The Daily Signal. I realize that when we start talking about dollars in reference to a federal agency, it’s hard to know what’s excessive. Amtrak pays $200 million in a single year just for overtime? Is that a lot? In the context of a $3.7 trillion federal budget? Short answer: Yes. Amtrak’s entire personnel cost amounts to $1.2 billion, so you’re talking about one-sixth of that in overtime. But it’s when you really dig down into the reporting of hours that it becomes clear some of...
  • Trains Matter

    05/25/2015 12:08:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    Amtrak Store ^ | October 30, 1970 | Choo Choo
    I am not making this up. The Official Amtrak Merchandise store. (click the pic)
  • NTSB:‘Nothing at All’ Heard From Amtrak Train Engineer to Suggest Train Hit by Projectile

    05/17/2015 10:33:10 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 65 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/17/2015 | BENJAMIN L. BELL
    Full title: NTSB Investigator: ‘Nothing at All’ Heard From Amtrak Train Engineer Communications to Suggest Train Hit by Projectile There was no communication between the derailed Amtrak train engineer to the dispatch center to suggest that a projectile had hit the ill-fated train, National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Robert Sumwalt said. “We interviewed the dispatchers and we listened to the dispatch tape, and we heard no communications at all from the Amtrak engineer to the dispatch center to say that something had struck his train,”
  • Amtrak and the Michigan State Budget

    12/19/2013 6:19:49 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/18/2013 | Michael Farren
    The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 ended the federal government's financial support of many passenger rail routes. The federal subsidy for the operational costs for the Wolverine passenger rail service running from Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago, for example, has ended. The Michigan Legislature, however, included an extra $19.3 million in the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year to replace the lost federal funds. This sum represents a tripling of the state subsidy required to cover Amtrak's operating costs compared to the previous year. Michigan taxpayers will provide a $98.11 subsidy per roundtrip passenger in fiscal 2014. Two other Amtrak lines,...
  • TSA 'Viper' team makes appearance in Emeryville (CA)

    01/18/2013 7:46:54 PM PST · by Red Steel · 54 replies
    kgotv ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013
    EMERYVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- People are used to seeing TSA inspectors at airports but on Wednesday, a specialized team made their presence known at the Amtrak station in Emeryville. Train stations are difficult to secure because they're so wide open but on Wednesday, the TSA showed up unannounced to let the public, especially potential troublemakers, know that they are keeping an eye on the rails. Amtrak passenger Vera Molina said she noticed all the black-clad TSA inspectors right away and it's a presence she appreciates. Asked if she would like to see them more often she said, "I would, can't...
  • TSA's Grip on Internal Travel is Tightening

    12/12/2012 10:45:02 PM PST · by sourcery · 51 replies
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is tightening its grip on domestic travcel. I don't mean the random, unpredictable security checks at bus, subway and train stations which already exist. I mean a coordinated and systematic police control of internal travel within America. Groundwork is being laid. Application to Make U.S. Into an Airport Screening Zone The application was tucked away on page 71431 of Volume 77, Number 231 of the Federal Register (November 30). It was surrounded by soporific references to forwarding "the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review...
  • Amtrak workers failing drug tests more often

    09/28/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Assoicated Press ^ | September 28, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    <p>A government watchdog says Amtrak's train operators are testing positive for drugs and alcohol more and more frequently over the last six years.</p>
  • Woman apparently distracted by cellphone killed by Amtrak train in Ventura

    09/16/2012 7:01:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    KABC) ^ | Saturday, September 08, 2012
    A woman apparently walking and looking down at her cellphone was fatally struck by an Amtrak train in Ventura on Saturday. Responding officers said they found the victim, identified only as a 28-year-old woman from Ventura, underneath the train. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the train conductor, the southbound train was traveling at about 40 mph around 5:15 p.m. as it approached the Amtrak station near the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Harbor Boulevard, when the victim was seen walking on the tracks. The conductor began sounding the warning horn, but the victim appeared to be looking...
  • Please answer my ignorant questions about AMTRACK [vanity]

    05/29/2012 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 75 replies
    29 May 2012 | me
    Alternate title for this post: Dreams from My Freightcar: A Story of Pace and Incompetence 1. Why can't private passenger trains operate like plane companies? 2. Why don't we rip up some old tracks and turn them into true high-speed elevated rail that travels at 500 kilometers/hr? 3. Why is Amtrack, as it is now, so inefficient and crappy when train transportation is supposedly so efficient (CSX's 430+miles/gallon fuel) 4. There seems to be an inverse relationship of luxury to efficiency. Plane travel is torture, but it's efficient. Train travel could be luxurious since it's not fuel inefficient, but is...
  • MTA Officers Detain Man For Taking Pictures (Lie to him/detain him)

    06/02/2011 8:48:45 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    CBS Baltimore ( ^ | 01 JUN 11 | Pat Warren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Transit Administration says more training may be called for after three MTA officers detained a man for taking pictures at a light rail station. Pat Warren has more on the incident. According to the ACLU, this isn’t the first time MTA Police have overstepped their bounds. In a YouTube posting, Christopher Fussell left the camera rolling when he was confronted by three MTA officers for taking pictures at the Baltimore Cultural Light Rail Station. “It is my understanding that I am free to take pictures as long as it’s not for commercial purposes but for...
  • Amtrak to screen carry-on bags

    05/27/2010 3:59:01 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 22 replies · 488+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 05/27/10
    CHICAGO -- Officials say passengers boarding Amtrak trains at Chicago's Union Station will now face random screening of their carry-on bags. Officials say the new policy goes into effect Thursday. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Wednesday the new security measure, which will involve Amtrak police swabbing carry-on items to detect explosives, is not in response to any new threat. Magliari said it represents an expansion of precautions that have been implemented on Amtrak lines in other parts of the nation. He said the screenings will be conducted periodically, and passengers will be randomly selected. If passengers decline to participate in...
  • Riding the Rails, Until the Weather Caught Up

    02/07/2010 5:45:01 AM PST · by Huebolt · 27 replies · 1,059+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 6, 2010 | LIZ ROBBINS
    When the powerful Mid-Atlantic winter storm grounded all flights and shut down highways in the Mid-Atlantic region, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, bound for Chicago from Washington, seemed to offer 115 passengers the perfect cozy alternative as it sped through the snow-swept countryside on Friday night.
  • Bill would allow guns in Amtrak baggage

    09/17/2009 5:11:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies · 1,082+ views
    Times of the Internet ^ | 16 September, 2009 | UPI
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A measure to put Amtrak passengers on the same footing as airline passengers, allowing guns in checked-through baggage, was passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The legislation, part of the transportation and housing appropriations bill, was approved 68-30. It would deny federal subsidies to Amtrak if it doesn't change its rules. The House version does not include the provision. Domestic airlines allow licensed gun owners to transport their weapons in their checked-through baggage. One senator said the gun measure "is going to put a severe burden" on Amtrak, CNN reported. But the measure's sponsor, Sen....
  • No Butts: Police Break Up OC Bar's Bizarre Tradition ( 8,000 People moon Amtrack train )

    07/12/2008 8:41:55 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 51 replies · 2,833+ views ^ | July 12, 2008 | Staff
    LAGUNA NIGUEL -- More than 50 law officers were breaking up an estimated 8,000 people drinking alcohol and mooning passing trains late Saturday, as an annual "Moon Over Amtrak" party was shut down due to complaints about public nudity. The event drew a crowd of about 8,000 Saturday along the tracks near Mugs Away Saloon, 27324 Camino Capistrano, but things got out of hand as businesses and residents called in complaints, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino. California Highway Patrol officers were called in to assist Orange County sheriff's deputies shut down the impromptu event, where thousands of...
  • Amtrak suspends train service between Eugene and Vancouver, B.C.

    08/03/2007 7:05:44 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 61 replies · 1,512+ views ^ | August 3, 2007 | OregonLive
    Amtrak has announced a major disruption of train service in the Pacific Northwest. Only train no. 510 and 517, which run between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., will operate. All other Cascade trains between Eugene and Vancouver are cancelled due to safety concerns. An Amtrak representative this morning said the disruption is undefinite. Rail authorities said a recent mechanical inspection of some Cascades trains led to the decision to suspend service so all Cascade trains can be inspected. Amtrak officials say they are contacting passengers to alert them of the cancellations. No alternate transportation is being provided. An Amtrak representative said...
  • The dark side of the moon for Amtrak

    07/16/2007 5:53:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies · 1,283+ views
    O. C. Register ^ | 7-15-07 | TOM BERG
    ~~~Snip~~~ No one at the 28th annual Mooning of Amtrak seems to know exactly why they pull down their pants every time a train goes by. ~~~Snip~~~ Exhibit A: Gramma Charleen Sandoval of Chino says this about her 10-year-old grandson who's mooning with her: "He was practicing last night in front of the house." ~~~Snip~~~
  • Breaking News: Unstable Rocky Mount Bridge Halts Amtrak Service (North and South)

    04/12/2006 8:04:25 PM PDT · by Howlin · 37 replies · 1,370+ views
    WRAL ^ | April 12, 2006
    Amtrak service on both north and southbound tracks has come to a halt after a bridge support was damaged in Rocky Mount Wednesday evening. -- Until the repairs are made, no rail traffic north or southbound can happen south of Rocky Mount. All trains between Florida and Rocky Mount will be cancelled as a result, as well as any trains in northern areas headed south of Rocky Mount. There is no current estimate on the number of trains affected.
  • WSJ: The Little Engine That Shouldn't (Amtrack burns billions in subsidies)

    07/07/2005 6:05:48 AM PDT · by OESY · 15 replies · 730+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 7, 2005 | Editorial
    Ronald Reagan once described Amtrak as a "mobile money burning machine." Since then another $15 billion of taxpayer subsidies have gone up in smoke. Now the allegedly tight-fisted Republicans in Congress are poised to toss Amtrak its seventh emergency bailout, this time $1.2 billion to keep the trains running next year. ...All of this money for a train service that doesn't reduce traffic congestion, doesn't cut pollution levels, doesn't save energy, and isn't integral to inter-city travel, because so few people ride the trains. We're not against trains; they can be a great way to see America. But Amtrak has...
  • Amtrak's High-Speed Acela Trains Sidelined Until Summer

    04/20/2005 4:10:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 1,110+ views
    Amtrak's High-Speed Acela Trains Sidelined Until Summer By Donna De La Cruz Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Amtrak will not be able to run any of its high-speed trains until the summer because of delays in getting replacement parts to correct brake problems on Acela Express cars, railroad officials said Wednesday. "The earliest you'll see trains back in service will be sometime in the summer and then you'll see a gradual return," said Amtrak's chief executive officer, David Gunn. "What will control that is the availability of parts and the speed in which they come, and the time it...
  • Amtrak conductor resigns after making comments against Kerry

    08/25/2004 12:44:58 PM PDT · by JulieRNR21 · 41 replies · 2,487+ views
    Kansas City Star (AP News) ^ | 8/24/04 | DAVID A. LIEB
    Amtrak conductor resigns after making comments against Kerry DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An Amtrak conductor said Tuesday that he will resign rather than face a company investigation for suggesting to train passengers that they should vote against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Conductor Leslie Farr had been suspended without pay following an Aug. 5 incident in which he used the public address system to tell passengers on a Kansas City-to-St. Louis train that they would be delayed while waiting for Kerry's locomotive to head west from St. Louis. Farr said he then quipped that passengers...
  • New Security Concerns About The Nation's Rail Systems

    05/21/2004 11:22:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies · 155+ views
    WABC TV NYC ^ | 5/21/04 | WABC
    (Penn Station-WABC, May 21, 2004) — There are new concerns about rail security after a surge of suspicious activity in the Northeast. The new FBI warning has law enforcement agencies again tightening security on trains. Eyewitness News has learned that just last night, three Amtrak trains were stopped and searched after unspecific, anonymous threats were called in. Two of those three trains were from Baltimore just outside Philadelphia. But this still raises concern here in the NY area. Investigators have focused on the New York-Washington D.C. rail service, which is the busiest commuter rail network in America. The FBI is...
  • Senate Panel Approves $5.2-Billion Transit Security Bill

    05/07/2004 10:10:55 AM PDT · by snopercod · 2 replies · 112+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | May 6, 2004 | Tom Ichniowski
    In a response to the March terrorist train bombings in Madrid, the Senate Banking Committee has cleared legislation that would authorize $5.2 billion to boost security at transit systems across the U.S. The legislation, which the committee approved unanimously on May 5, authorizes $3.5 billion for security-related transit capital spending under the Dept. of Homeland Security, plus $1.5 billion spread over three years for operating costs and $200 million in 2005 for research. The bill states that federal security spending on aviation totaled about $11 billion in 2002 and 2003, but only $115 million in 2003 and 2004 on transit...
  • John Kerry Lowlights during his career (some bills sponsored and cosponsored) - LONG READ

    01/19/2004 10:19:36 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 14 replies · 3,409+ views
    thomas ^ | John Kerry
    Some Duplicates. 1985-1986 S885 - Prohibits the obligation of funds during FY 1985 and 1986 for the testing of anti-satellite weapons against objects in space unless the President certifies to the Congress certain findings on actions taken by the Soviet Union. (Way to react instead of Act Johnny) S.1363 - A bill to prohibit the use of the mails to send dangerous martial arts weapons (We need Karate Control!!!) S.1553 - Prohibits the sale of beverage containers without a minimum refund vale. Prohibits the sale of metal beverage containers with detachable openings. (Like Michigan's refund system, but federalized) S1920 -...
  • 'Alone and unafraid'

    05/20/2003 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 4 replies · 364+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 18 May 2003 | Jim Landers
    AL AZIZIYAH, Iraq – The Iraqis fired rocket-propelled grenades from behind a taxi parked along a distant canal. One grenade zipped across the nose of an armored amphibious vehicle and exploded in the dirt. That angered Maj. Andrew Bianca, executive officer of the Marines' 2nd Tank Battalion. Sheathed in aluminum plate, the tracked amphibious vehicles known as amtracks can withstand rifle fire, but not rocket grenades. And Maj. Bianca's support team was in amtracks. He ordered his tank crew to fire a round at the Iraqis. The 120 mm cannon barrel dropped slightly, then erupted with smoke and flame. The...
  • Amtrak Could Undergo Dramatic Restructuring

    04/30/2003 3:15:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 44 replies · 325+ views
    Cato Daily Dispatch ^ | for April 30, 2003 | Jonathan Block, editor
    "The Bush administration proposed a national rail plan yesterday to dramatically restructure Amtrak and leave important decisions about train service, including long-distance routes, to the states," Reuters reports. "'We do not propose to eliminate Amtrak, but we do propose comprehensive structural changes,' Michael Jackson, the deputy transportation secretary, told a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. "The current five-year Amtrak authorization as a federal corporation to provide the nation's only city-to-city rail service expires in September, and Congress is weighing proposals to reform the railroad as well as chart a new course for a national rail system." In "Help Passenger Rail by...
  • Riding 'Hogs,' U.S. Marines Roll Toward Baghdad

    04/08/2003 3:54:28 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 33 replies · 393+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, April 8, 2003 | Matthew Green
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.OUTSIDE BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Grinding hot gears and belching black smoke, the "hog" roared into life with only one destination in mind. "Baghdad or bust, baby, Baghdad or bust," muttered the U.S. Marine driver into the intercom. Tracks rumbling, armor plates rattling, the metal beast hammered up the highway. The machines -- Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) -- are now one of the strangest sights on the roads to Baghdad, thundering north in convoys taking Marines into battle. Ugly, brutal looking contraptions, the vehicles look something like a giant tank with a small...
  • Two US Marines reported dead in battle for bridges

    04/07/2003 1:22:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters | 4/07/03
    Two US Marines reported dead in battle for bridges OUTSIDE BAGHDAD, April 7 (Reuters) - Two U.S. Marines were killed and many were injured on Monday in fighting to secure two bridges over a river on the edge of Baghdad, key objectives for U.S. forces advancing on the city, the U.S. military said. Marines said both bridges were badly damaged in the fighting, rendering them impassable for tanks and heavy armour. The two Marines were killed when an artillery shell landed on the turret of their amphibious assault vehicle, blasting through the tracked vehicle's armour, Master Sergeant Marvin Crawford told...
  • Bob Arnot on MSNBC with the Marines...fording the river with Amtracks right now

    04/07/2003 6:49:21 AM PDT · by Nagilum · 12 replies · 330+ views
    The noose tightens...
  • US Marines battle for bridge, enter Baghdad on foot

    04/07/2003 12:06:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies · 305+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-7-03 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Under cover of rattling machine-gun fire, Marines grabbed planks, poles and twisted rails Monday and surged across a shattered bridge over a Tigris River tributary into Baghdad.</p> <p>"Go! Go! Build that bridge!" an officer screamed, patting the troops as they ran under thundering fire to get more scrap to close a six-foot hole the Iraqis had blown in the span.</p>

    04/23/2002 2:11:46 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 201 replies · 904+ views
    WBBM-AM Radio | 04-23-02 | GRRRRR
    Just reported on radio that an AMTRACK PASSENGER TRAIN has slammed into a track repair/support truck on the tracks at the Dundee Road (RTE 68) crossing.Unknown injuries etc. at this time...monitoring...GRRRRRRRRR