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  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. It’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • U.S. Throws China Off High-Speed Rail Project

    06/10/2016 7:18:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 9, 2016 | Te-Ping Chen
    U.S. Throws China Off High-Speed Rail Project China state media says XpressWest’s move is irresponsible By Te-Ping Chen June 9, 2016 5:42 a.m. ET 26 COMMENTS BEIJING—A high-speed rail agreement touted as a symbol of U.S.-China cooperation has fallen apart less than a year after it was signed. XpressWest, a private U.S. company, on Thursday said a venture with China Railway International to build a high-speed rail line to link Southern California with Las Vegas won’t proceed. In a statement, the U.S. company said it terminated the partnership because of “difficulties associated with timely performance” and its Chinese partner’s challenges...
  • China will not build L.A.-to-Vegas rail line — U.S. company calls the deal off

    06/09/2016 8:34:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/08/2016
    Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the private U.S. company behind the plan said late Wednesday that the deal was off. A bullet train stops at the platform before it travels to Lanzhou from the Urumqi south railway station in XpressWest said the decision to terminate the relationship with China Railway International was based “primarily upon difficulties associated with timely performance and CRI’s challenges in obtaining required authority to proceed with required development activities.” XpressWest indicated that its “biggest challenge” was a federal government requirement that high-speed...
  • Yet another green fail imperils California half-fast ‘bullet’ train

    05/27/2016 7:53:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 27, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Jerry Brown’s dream of constructing a high speed rail line connecting the Bay Area with Southern California suffered a major setback this week, but rest assured every effort is being made to spend enough money quickly enough to make pulling the plug seem unreasonable. Construction costs of the project have escalated so rapidly since the times state voters narrowly approved a bond issue that instead of constructing new tracks in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, the trains will share existing tracks with conventional freight and commuter trains, drastically increasing travel time, and making the trains half-fast at best. But...
  • California cap-and-trade auction falls far short, delivering blow to state revenue (tr)

    05/26/2016 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | by Ralph Vartarbedian
    The latest auction in California's cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers purchased just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail project. The quarterly auction, conducted May 18 and announced Wednesday, will provide just $10 million for state programs, including $2.5 million for the bullet train. The rail authority had been expecting about $150 million. Whatever prompted the lack of buyers, the auction is a stark example of the uncertainty and risk of relying on actively-traded carbon credits to build the bullet train. The...
  • California’s $64 Billion Bullet Train To Nowhere Gets Delayed … Again

    05/24/2016 5:12:47 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/23/2016 | John Merline
    In the late 1800s, it took railroad companies six years to lay 1,907 miles of track for what was to become the Transcontinental Railroad (or as Barack Obama calls it, the Intercontinental Railroad). Building that railroad line required tunneling through mountains — at one foot a day — building bridges — including one that spanned 700 feet — and doing all the work almost entirely by hand. As best, it will now take seven years for California to lay 119 miles of track — on relatively flat ground in the middle of nowhere. That news came from a contract revision...
  • California's high speed rail delayed another 4 years

    05/23/2016 7:17:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/22/2016 | Rick Moran
    The incredible journey of California's high speed rail took another hit this past week when authorities inked a contract revision pushing back the opening of the first segment of the line from 2018 to 2022. Project costs for this one, 119 mile stretch of track through the relatively empty Central Valley have topped $69 billion, with only a fraction of those funds appropriated. The high speed rail authority has only purchased half the land necessary to complete the first leg of the project and not a single foot of track has been laid. The feds are blaming opponents of the...
  • High-speed rail gets a four-year delay

    05/18/2016 11:45:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2016 | MICHAEL GRUNWALD
    High-speed rail is turning out to be a slow-speed proposition. The first segment of California’s first-in-the-nation bullet-train project, currently scheduled for completion in 2018, will not be done until the end of 2022, according to a contract revision the Obama administration quietly approved this morning. That initial 119-mile segment through the relatively flat and empty Central Valley was considered the easiest-to-build stretch of a planned $64 billion line, which is eventually supposed to zip passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours. So the four-year delay is sure to spark new doubts about whether the state’s—and perhaps...
  • Chinese bullet train in Venezuela stalls as alliance derails

    05/15/2016 3:39:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 5-14-16 | JOSHUA GOODMAN
    It was once billed as a model of socialist fraternity: South America's first high-speed train, powered by Chinese technology, crisscrossing Venezuela to bring development to its backwater plains. Now all but abandoned, it has become a symbol of economic collapse — and a strategic relationship gone adrift. Where dozens of modern buildings once stood, cattle now graze on grass growing amid the rubble of the project's gutted and vandalized factory. A red arched sign in Chinese and Spanish is all that remains of what until 16 months ago was a bustling complex of 800 workers. That's when the project's Chinese...
  • 'Dictatorial' HS2 to bar hundreds of victims from objecting (UK high-speed rail)

    05/07/2016 7:22:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7 May 2016 • 9:58pm | Andrew Gilligan
    HS2 has been accused of “dictator-like arrogance” after demanding that more than 600 people and groups — including the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, and the Commons Speaker, John Bercow — be banned from objecting to the controversial high-speed rail scheme. In a document slipped out on election day, the Government has applied to bar residents close to the route, anti-HS2 action groups and even MPs on the line from making parliamentary objections as the legislation to build the route passes through the Lords. Eight MPs for seats along the proposed route, four of them ministers, are covered by the ban....
  • High-Speed Rail Board to Weigh in on Revised California Plan

    04/28/2016 1:48:51 PM PDT · by MeganC · 28 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 4.28.2016 | juliet williams
    The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California.
  • Some Farmers Oppose Referendum on High-Speed Rail ( California )

    03/13/2016 7:20:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 13 Mar 2016 | Chriss W. Street
    most Californians now believe that the “High-Speed Rail Authority” has become a boondoggle. The rail authority has not issued about $9.95 billion in municipal bonds approved by voters as Proposition_1A in 2008. All of the bullet train start-up cost so far has been funded from $3.2 billion in federal transportation and stimulus funds, plus $750 million in cap-and-trade money from the state’s greenhouse gas-reduction program Sensing an opportunity to pass an initiative to repurpose the bonds, Republican State Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas and the Republican State Board of Equalization member George Runner formed the “California Water Alliance” and...
  • New bullet train plan delays opening of the first leg by three years ( California )

    03/05/2016 7:13:16 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 4, 2016 | Ralph Vartabedian
    California will need to double down on support of the bullet train by digging deeper into the state's wallet and accepting a three-year delay in completing the project's initial leg, a new business plan for the 220-mph system shows. Rail planners have turned their construction plans upside down, attempting to fit the mega-project within the state's limited budget. The 2016 business plan, released last month, shows that the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail link has proved to be politically and technically more complicated to build than foreseen in 2008, when voters agreed to help finance the project with a $9-billion bond....
  • California's high-speed rail project is in big trouble

    01/26/2016 11:40:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2016 | William Fierman
    California's plans for a high-speed rail system are coming undone as indecision over routes undermines progress, the Los Angeles Times reports. In 2012 the state rail authority decided to build the first segment of the $68 billion project from LA's Union Station into the Central Valley, ending well short of the final goal: a 2 hour, 40 minute trip from LA to the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2012 plan would confront the most challenging part of the route first: the rocky Tehachapi and San Gabriel Mountains just north of LA. It would also provide the first physical manifestation of...
  • Obama's proposed high-speed rail network stuck in station

    12/20/2015 2:12:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2015 | Keith Laing
    President Obama is entering his final year in office with one of his most ambitious first term promises -- a nationwide network of high speed railways -- largely unfilled. Obama spoke frequently in his first term about developing the network. He imagined a U.S. rail system that would rival the interstate highway system, citing similar train systems in European countries that are widely popular. Obama included $8 billion in his 2009 economic stimulus package to jump start the high-speed rail program in the U.S. But seven years later, Obama has little to show for the effort. His stimulus offer was...
  • Boondoggle Train

    11/05/2015 10:55:03 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Chris Reed
    In November 2008, California voters narrowly approved Proposition 1A, which provided $9.95 billion in government money for a statewide bullet-train network. The initiative passed, even though the California High-Speed Rail Authority had been legally required to release a detailed, updated business plan by October 1 of that year, so that voters would have time to learn exactly how the state planned to finance what was then billed as a $43 billion project—and no updated plan was in view. Rail officials failed even to release a preliminary report before the election, claiming that state legislators’ long delay in passing the fiscal...
  • California's Bullet Train Will Take Even Longer To Go Nowhere

    10/28/2015 11:03:06 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | October 26, 2015 | Staff
    Infrastructure: California's high-speed rail project will never make its current 2022 arrival time, according to the Los Angeles Times. Doesn't this strike anyone in charge of this costly boondoggle as ironic?...Officials still haven't settled on a route, they're behind schedule in acquiring land, getting permits and financing, and the project faces several lawsuits. Boring on the 36 miles of planned tunnels isn't likely to get started until 2019, the Times notes, and by any reasonable estimate it will take another 7 to 14 years to complete. Even that's probably optimistic, since several parts will traverse known fault lines, vastly increasing...
  • Firms question how (untested 'cap-and-trade')carbon levy will fund California rail project

    10/22/2015 3:19:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/22/15 | Robin Respaut and Rory Carroll - Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Private firms looking to build California's $68 billion high-speed train system have concerns about the state's ability to finance some of the project's cost through an untested 'cap-and-trade' carbon trading levy. The doubts, mentioned in correspondence to the state and reviewed by Reuters through a public records request, are not likely to stall financing for the United States' largest infrastructure project, but indicate a tentativeness among firms to use the money as a stand-alone money-generating tool. The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) expects to raise $500 million per year for the rail line from the cap-and-trade...
  • Inside Hickenlooper's Plan to Make Colorado Bike-Friendly ( using highway gas taxes )

    09/21/2015 5:52:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    5280 - Denver's Magazine ^ | September 21 2015 | Kelly Baines
    Last week, Governor John Hickenlooper announced a $100 million plan to make Colorado “the best state for biking.” ... Of the total $100 million, about 70 percent will come from CDOT
  • Companies Put Out $100M To Build High Speed Rail From Socal To Las Vegas (Chinese company)

    09/18/2015 4:14:50 PM PDT · by kingu · 13 replies
    KABC News ^ | Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Rob McMillan
    But soon, there could be something a little different and a lot faster: a high-speed train connecting Palmdale to Victorville, all the way to Las Vegas. XpressWest and China Railway International have put out $100 million to start the project. Not only would it provide a comfortable and fast-way to get to Vegas, but you could avoid the 15 Freeway as well. "The 15 Freeway is murder. Trying to get to Vegas for New Year's or any other holiday, it's like a three, four or five-hour delay," said Brigette Conyers of Victorville. ... He also said the environmental hurdles for...
  • A high-speed rail from L.A. to Las Vegas? China says it's partnering with U.S. to build

    09/17/2015 3:27:31 PM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 17, 2015 | Julie Makinen
    A long-discussed high-speed rail project linking Southern California and Las Vegas will be built by a U.S.-China joint venture, Chinese officials said Thursday, though many details about the agreement remained hazy. Announcement of cooperation on the XpressWest project adjacent to the 15 Freeway comes days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States. Financial terms of the agreement, and the cost of the project, were not immediately clear. XpressWest, a private venture formerly called DesertXpress, has been under discussion since at least 2007. Chinese officials described the project as a 230-mile train linking Las Vegas and...
  • Eleven Black Women Were Kicked Off a Train for Laughing Too Loud

    08/25/2015 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 93 replies
    Vice ^ | 8-25-2015 | Scott Pierce
    Getting wine-drunk on a train in Napa Valley sounds pretty good if you're the guys from Sideways or the parents in Bob's Burgers, but it's apparently a lot less fun if you're a black woman with a loud laugh. A group of 11 women, members of the Sistahs on the Edge book club, were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train last Saturday for allegedly being too loud and disturbing other passengers—but the women say it was because of their race. One of the book club's members, Lisa Johnson, chronicled the event on Facebook, igniting an outcry across social media...
  • After 190 years, NY's Erie Canal a relic with a hefty cost

    08/09/2015 8:35:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies
    AP ^ | August 9, 2015 | George M. Walsh
    With little income generated by the canals themselves — recreational revenue is about $165,000 a year, commercial only $40,000 — the cost of operating them is now covered largely with highway tolls collected by the Thruway Authority. And the roughly $55 million operating budget for the canals accounted for a large chunk of the $78.5 million in losses the authority reported during the 2014 fiscal year. On top of that are annual capital investments in the tens of millions of dollars to maintain and improve the system. The burden falls largely on highway toll-payers because of a decision in 1992...
  • Thirsty Californians Tithe To High-Speed Rail [One of the worst investments ever]

    07/10/2015 12:21:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/10/2015 | Georgi Boorman
    California is a beautiful state, but its incompetent government has turned it into a national joke—a “meanwhile, in California” meme seems appropriate for whatever’s going on elsewhere, because odds are California is doing something even dumber, like declaring an Uber driver is an employee instead of a private contractor, making laws about your bathroom’s temperature, or banning “ex-gay” reparative therapy. Today, during one of California’s most severe droughts in recent history, we can illustrate like so: The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial in April opposing building more desalination plants like the brand new one opening in Carlsbad, which...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago's new transit chief got sweet pension deal

    06/22/2015 5:37:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/20/2015 | Chris Fusco, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth
    When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times .. Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved to Washington, D.C., to take a post as a top lawyer in...
  • Liberals’ high-speed trains to nowhere

    05/19/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county’s infrastructure. They didn’t even wait to know what was the cause of the tragedy to take to the airwaves, and weren’t deterred when it emerged that the engineer had been going twice the speed limit around a tight curve when Amtrak Train 188 derailed. They cared only for reciting the usual litany of laments for our “crumbling” infrastructure and our lack of high-speed rail, which is supposedly a stinging...
  • Letters to the Editor: Build desalination plants, not a high-speed rail

    04/15/2015 6:30:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 4-15-2015 | Edna Jones, Pasadena & Richard Morrison, Lakewood
    Instead of spending money on a bullet train, California should build desalination plants. We cannot live without water or food. California supplies 70 percent of the food for the country and we have cut off water to the farmers to save the smelt fish. The legislatures are more interested in catering to their money backers than doing what is right for the citizens of California. Which sounds better, water or rain? Anyone with an ounce of common sense and a firm grasp on reality would say water is the only answer. We don’t need a bullet train that starts in...
  • California high-speed rail threatened by kit fox

    04/03/2015 8:33:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    bulletin standard ^ | 03 April 2015 | ???
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Federal authorities say California's $68 billion higher-speed rail could harm the protected kit fox.
  • Dianne Feinstein's husband wins near-billion dollar California 'high speed rail' contract

    03/20/2015 6:43:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/20/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    To the surprise of absolutely no one familiar with the ways of Corruptifornia, the one-party state completely in the hands of the Democrats, a consortium whose lead firm is controlled by Richard Blum, husband of Sen. Diane Feinstein, was awarded a nearly billion-dollar contract for the construction of the first phase of the so-called high-speed rail line to link San Francisco and Los Angeles. Those paying attention to the project call it the “half-fast” rail line because it will share trackage with  conventional commuter rail trains in the sprawling Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, lowering its average speed...
  • As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

    02/16/2015 5:02:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2015 | By ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
    Most of the debate over the building of the nation's first bullet train, in California, has focused on the economics of such a monumental undertaking and its projected $68-billion first-phase price tag. Largely ignored amid the excitement over the railway's recent official groundbreaking is the physical impact and design challenges that cities will need to grapple with as they prepare for high-speed rail. California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. To make the most of California's once-in-a-lifetime chance at building a thriving transportation network,...
  • California bullet train agency damaged habitat of endangered fox

    02/03/2015 9:09:52 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 2, 2015 | Ralph Vartabedian
    Even before it begins significant construction on the bullet train route, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has violated federal protections for the endangered San Joaquin kit fox in the Central Valley, federal regulators said in a letter last week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the authority had set up a nine-acre construction yard outside the approved footprint for the project, affecting habitat and resulting in the destruction of a kit fox den. n a Jan. 26 letter, the service said the rail agency, along with the Federal Railroad Administration and its contractors, had failed to comply with the...
  • California Just Started Another Insane Government Project

    01/07/2015 10:35:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 41 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | January 6, 2015 | By Katrina Trinko
    Talk about a trainwreck. Today, California broke ground on another disastrous government-funded project: high-speed rail that will eventually go from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The project is estimated to cost $68 billion. The plan is that the private sector will ultimately invest around one-third of the total cost, but so far, there have been no takers. And it’s no wonder. It’s hard to see how this project makes sense. Backers say the train will be able to make the trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under 2 hours, 40 minutes. However, according to a 2013 Reason Foundation...
  • California high speed rail set to break ground this week

    01/06/2015 8:49:34 AM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 6, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Ready or not, Californians - and America - here it comes. After a two year delay, during which the cost nearly doubled, California's high speed rail system will break ground this week. The project - said to cost $68 billion - will link Los Angeles to San Francisco by 2028. There's only one teentsy, tiny problem: They have no idea how they are going to fund it. ... What of that 200 MPH boast? The original design of the project called for railroad tracks totally dedicated to the high speed rail system. But that proved even more ruinously expensive than...
  • The Growing Inanity of California High-Speed Rail

    12/29/2014 5:01:34 PM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    The Antiplanner ^ | December 29, 2014
    Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne–who claims to be an “unabashed supporter” of high-speed rail–reviews Anaheim’s new train station and finds it “oddly antiseptic.” Hawthorne doesn’t care that taxpayers spent $2,764 per square foot for what is essentially a big glass tent. He is a little disturbed that the design is so dysfunctional that train passengers “exit onto an uncovered platform, take the elevator or stairs [up] to a pedestrian bridge, and then enter the building at its highest interior level” only to have to go back down again to get to ground level. ... While Hawthorne’s critique is...
  • State will finally break ground in Fresno on high-speed rail construction

    12/14/2014 1:57:22 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 76 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | December 12, 2014 | BY TIM SHEEHAN
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority will officially break ground next month in Fresno on construction of its statewide bullet-train route. The Jan. 6 groundbreaking ceremony, announced Friday afternoon, comes about a year and a half after the agency awarded its first construction contract, a $1 billion deal to design and build the first 29-mile section from Madera to the south end of Fresno... ~~snip~~ California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.9 billion bond measure to help finance a high-speed rail system, in November 2008. But it wasn’t until the fall of 2010, when the Obama administration and the Federal Railroad...
  • High-Speed Rail Strategy: Build Now, Hope for Money Later

    12/07/2014 9:33:35 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 7 Dec 2014 | William Bigelow
    Advocates for the projected bullet train running from San Francisco to Los Angeles argued at the Public Policy Institute’s all-day State of Change conference last week that simply getting the project started would catalyze the federal government to pour more money into the $67.6 billion boondoggle. The California High-Speed Rail Authority offered the $67.6 million figure in February 2014 ... As Reason Magazine recently reported, “The CHSRA April 2012 Business Plan is so deficient that it is inconceivable that policymakers would continue to rely on its assertions to evaluate the program.”
  • Routes for proposed Houston-Dallas bullet trains unveiled

    10/23/2014 6:06:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Dug Begley
    Observers have long known that only a few options were available for the route of the privately funded high-speed train line between Houston and Dallas. Now a firmer picture of where the trains might run is emerging. (Photo courtesy of JR Central) (Photo courtesy of JR Central) As part of the federally required process to evaluate the line, the Federal Railroad Administration and Texas Department of Transportation released maps of the nine routes they are considering and the two chosen for deeper evaluation. The lines that didn’t make the final cut seem to be a bit longer, or else have...
  • Tunnel could boost high-speed rail cost ( California )

    08/11/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | August 9, 2014 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel to the Palmdale Freeway, the new line would run through a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains. According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who has advanced the idea, the tunnel would be about 15 miles long. ... it’s possible to calculate a rough — very rough – estimate. Let’s start with something we...
  • A high-speed train wreck for Obama and liberalism

    08/08/2014 12:42:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/08/2014 | Philip Klein
    Few of President Obama's initiatives are more emblematic of his early ambitions to be a transformational liberal leader than his vision for connecting the nation with a vast high-speed rail network. The dream of building a system of bullet trains in the United States akin to what exists in Europe involves massive and sustained government spending, more money for unions, and promises to move the nation away from car-based transportation. Thus, it represents everything that excites American liberals. Obama’s February 2009 economic stimulus package committed $8 billion to 79 projects spanning 31 states that were to lay the groundwork for...
  • Obama’s $11 Billion High Speed Rail to Nowhere

    08/08/2014 5:26:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/08/2014 | By Brianna Ehley
    The Obama administration has spent almost $11 billion to build a high-speed rail system that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Since 2009, the president has been pushing for the United States to have a bullet-train-like system similar to those found in Europe and Asia, but a combination of setbacks and dwindling support from states and Congress has slowed the project to a halt, The New York Times first reported. Just last month, Congress rejected the administration’s request for an additional $10 billion for high-speed rail and last year, three governors canceled their federal funding for the projects—deeming them too...
  • Amtrak train leaves Penn Station for Washington, D.C., without its passengers [High-Speed Train]

    08/04/2014 5:25:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | August 3, 2014 | Rich Schapiro
    Scores of travelers were stranded after the Acela Express 2253 took off from one platform about 3 p.m. — while they were waiting at another and unaware the train was leaving them behind. An Amtrak train bound for Washington pulled away from Penn Station on Saturday without some pretty important cargo: its passengers. ... They literally sent us to the wrong platform, and the conductor took off without any passengers,” said Damien Miano, 60, of Chelsea. “The right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. It was just so bizarre.” Miano said he and the other abandoned travelers...
  • California Clears A Major Hurdle Toward Building Nation's Most Ambitious High-Speed Rail System

    08/01/2014 8:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2014
    A California appeals court has ruled a state authority may issue $8 billion in bonds to help finance a high-speed rail system in the most populous U.S. state, removing a substantial obstacle to the proposed $68 billion plan. In overturning on Thursday a state court's 2013 ruling, the three-judge panel in Sacramento said the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is overseeing the high-speed rail project, "properly found that issuance of bonds for the project necessary or desirable," court documents show. The panel also vacated a lower court order that the state redo its financial plan for the project. The rail...
  • Rock slide damages NY train tracks, halts service

    07/19/2014 9:00:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 19, 2014
    Tumbling rocks north of New York City have damaged a stretch of train tracks in the nation's second-largest commuter rail system, suspending service and leaving hundreds of passengers without rides. ... The rock slide is the latest headache for a railroad recovering from two major accidents and myriad service disruptions. In December, a Metro-North Hudson Line train derailed in the Bronx, killing four passengers and injuring more than 70 others. In May 2013, a train heading east from New York City to New Haven derailed and was hit by a westbound train outside Bridgeport
  • Boeing Fuselages In Montana River After Train Derails

    07/06/2014 10:28:10 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 21 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 04 July 2014
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. [Photo in Comments]
  • California, Amtrak end joint high-speed train bid

    06/22/2014 7:46:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 20, 2014 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    The agencies said their needs are too different and manufacturers are not yet ready to build trains that can run on both Amtrak's 100-year-old rail lines and the high-speed corridors planned for California's system. ... Several unfavorable court rulings have also delayed work. In the most high-profile case, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge halted the sale of $8.6 billion in state rail bonds and ordered the state to write a new funding plan, delaying work on the first 28-mile segment from Madera to Fresno. The state has appealed. But the $108 billion budget that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed...
  • France's new trains too wide for old stations

    05/21/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-05-21 | staff
    France’s SNCF rail network has ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for hundreds of station platforms, entailing costly repairs, the national operator announced on Tuesday. A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly, Le Canard Enchaîné, in its Wednesday edition. “We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score,” Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio station, adding that the new trains would “meet the demands of the public” and that only 1,300 of 8,700 platforms needed work. Construction...
  • French rail company orders 2,000 trains too wide for platforms

    05/20/2014 6:44:29 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-20-14 | Gerard Bon and Elizabeth Pineau,
    France's national rail company SNCF said on Tuesday it had ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for many station platforms, entailing costly repairs. A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly Canard Enchaine in its Wednesday edition. "We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score," Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio.
  • French railway operator SNCF orders hundreds of new trains that are too big

    05/21/2014 7:06:04 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Wednesday 21 May 2014 07.03 EDT | Kim Willsher in Paris
    France's national railway operator SNCF has ordered 2,000 new trains that are too large for many of the stations they are due to serve. The train operator has admitted failing to verify measurements it was given by the rail operator before ordering its new rolling stock. The costly mistake has sparked an urgent €50m operation to modify 1,300 platforms on the regional network. SNCF has admitted that one in six regional train stations is affected. In the worst cases it has discovered two trains can no longer pass each other on adjacent lines.The French minister of transport described the situation...
  • LAT Buries the Lede: Calif. Rail Authority Tried to Intimidate Consultants to Hide $1B Cost Overrun

    05/11/2014 1:50:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    The estimated cost of the initial segment of California's bullet train, Golden State Governor Jerry Brown's pet project, has (excuse the pun) just shot up from $6.19 billion to $7.13 billion. If this is the only overrun encountered in this opening phase, which would be atypical, and if the California High Speed Rail Authority has similar experiences on the remainder of the project, assuming it's ever completed, its cost will rise from a currently estimated $68 billion to about $78 billion. Obviously a big cost overrun is news. But normally, evidence of an attempted government coverup of such an overrun...
  • Amtrak train strikes, kills person in Connecticut

    05/09/2014 9:42:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    WCVB-TV ^ | May 09, 2014
    Amtrak train en route from Boston to Washington. ... It was the second accident involving an Amtrak train in Connecticut this week. An Amtrak Acela Express struck and killed a man in Groton on Monday.