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  • 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.”
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.
  • California: By the way, that bullet train isn’t actually going to be as fast as we said it would be

    03/28/2014 9:18:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    When California first put the issue of building a high-speed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco before voters, Gov. Jerry Brown made all sorts of nifty-sounding promises about how efficient, convenient, and fiscally sound a choice the rail line would be for Californians. All of those promises have more or less turned out to be a sham by now, as the train’s costs have exploded and its deadlines pushed way back, and now it appears that that less-than-three-hour ride Californians were originally promised… well, probably isn’t. ... who really considers a mounting “wall of debt” and a slew...
  • Amtrak Investigates How Train Headed To NYC Ends Up In Bala Cynwyd [PA]

    11/20/2013 12:57:54 PM PST · by Third Person · 78 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | November 19th, 2013 | Elizabeth Hur
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amtrak wants to know how one of its trains took a wrong turn and got lost in the Philadelphia suburbs. Worried and baffled were most travelers at 30th Street Station Tuesday night. Mike Roberts of Coatesville said, “Wow, that’s crazy. That’s not professional at all. How could that happen?” It sounds wild, but Amtrak officials confirm it did happen and what they can tell us so far is this: Amtrak Train 644 that left 30th Street Station for New York City accidentally ended up on the SEPTA tracks. The train actually traveled several miles before the mistake...
  • California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail .. Would 'Span the State'

    10/20/2013 5:42:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    NewsBusters. ^ | October 20, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    In a Sunday morning report which tries to put the best possible face on a project which appears to be on track to make the $22 billion "Big Dig" in Massachusetts look like a petty cash disbursement, Juliet Williams at the Associated Press claimed that the $68 billion involved thus far "would span the state." No it wouldn't, unless all of the formerly Golden State north of the San Francisco Bay Area — roughly one-fourth of the state's land mass — were to secede. Williams also wrote: "Voters in 2008 approved $10 billion in bonds to start construction on an...
  • 74% Rarely or Never Use Mass Transit

    08/08/2013 6:36:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 06, 2013
    just six percent (6%) of American Adults use mass transit services such as buses, subways, trains or ferries every day or nearly every day. ... three-out-of-four Americans (74%) say they rarely or never use mass transit
  • Light-Rail to Nowhere: Honolulu, Hawaii's Train Boondoggle

    08/05/2013 6:52:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | August 1, 2013 | Sharif Matar
    there's no reason to believe the Honolulu's rail project will do anything to improve traffic congestion. In fact, it's likely to divert resources from more-affordable solutions. "The one thing about these projects [is that] they are very inviting politically," says former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano. Along with Cliff Slater of Honolulutraffic.com and University of Hawaii's Roth, Cayetano has filed a federal lawsuit against the rail project that's held up construction. They claim the city misled the public about the total cost of the project and didn't deliver fully on a required review of alternative solutions to a rail line. Panos...
  • Swiss Train Collision: 44 Injured in Head-On Crash (VIDEO)

    07/29/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 29, 2013 | Brittney R. Villalva
    A head on collision involving two commuter trains in Switzerland has resulted in the injury of 44 people. The collision occurred between the cities of Moudon and Payerne at about 6:50 p.m. local time, reports said. It is unclear at this point what caused the collision to occur. "We don't know why this crash happened," Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN. "There is currently no train service between these two cities until midnight tonight at least."
  • Foxnews: Train Derails In Connecticut, 25 Injured

    05/17/2013 4:18:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 33 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 5/17/13 | Harris Faulkner
    Fox is reporting a train has derailed in Connecticut. 20 to 25 injured. Two trains collided.
  • ( UN ) Agenda 21 Getting Worse ( in Australia )

    09/30/2012 10:52:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Standeyo ^ | September 28, 2012 | Lynette
    As the UN digs in its ever-sharper, global-grasping claws, there are less and less desirable places to relocate. The New World Order permeates and invades all. Agenda 21? This is how it is done in Australia. Been going on for years... We know a family who live in Sydney’s Parramatta. The oldest girl, now in her 80’s, lives in the family home which was built in the early 1900’s. She was invited to a meeting with Parramatta Council and she and others were told that the Council “could not tolerate” for much longer that there was only one or two...
  • 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>
  • China bullet train derails, 11 killed

    07/23/2011 11:41:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 07/23/2011 | msnbc.com news services
    SHANGHAI — At least 11 people have died after two high-speed trains crashed into each other in China's eastern province of Zhejiang on Saturday causing two carriages to fall off a bridge, state news agency Xinhua reported. Another 89 people have been sent to hospital, it added. Each carriage could carry about 100 people, Xinhua said. The accident occurred after the first train was hit by lightning and lost power, and was then rear-ended by another bullet train, Xinhua added, citing provincial television. Pictures on state television's main news channel showed one carriage on the ground under the bridge, with...
  • California's high-speed train wreck

    05/18/2011 5:20:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2011
    The state's plan to build a bullet train has become a monument to the ways poor planning, mismanagement and political interference can screw up major public works. We can do better. California's much-vaunted high-speed rail project is, to put it bluntly, a train wreck. Intended to demonstrate the state's commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge transportation systems, and to show that the U.S. can build rail networks as sophisticated as those in Europe and Asia, it is instead a monument to the ways poor planning, mismanagement and political interference can screw up major public works. For anti-government conservatives, it is also a...
  • Amtrak Turns 40…Called a ‘Massive Failure’ by its Founder

    05/07/2011 5:15:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 84 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | May 7, 2011 | Mike Opelka
    This week kicks off the 40th Anniversary of the money-sucking, inefficient, outmoded national rail system we call Amtrak. Let’s start with money. Amtrak loses bucketloads of money every day. The national rail system operates in the red, generating huge losses and has done so each and every year of its existence. And they are not shy about it. That’s over $1.2 billion in losses for the most recent year, putting the overall tab for this antiquated, bloated and inefficient system around $50 billion dollars of taxpayer money. The embarrassment of Amtrak has even struck a chord with someone who rallied...
  • Colo. has never had a regional rail plan. Now it will

    02/19/2011 10:18:23 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Colorado Springs Business Journal ^ | February 18,2011 | Amy Gillentine
    In a time of lean state budgets, the Colorado Department of Transportation has launched an $800,000 study of the state’s railroads and created a new department to deal with railway and other transportation issues. It’s a move that could lay the groundwork for long-talked-about plans for high-speed trains from Pueblo through Colorado Springs to Fort Collins
  • Frost bytes : Telegraph View: Why did the big freeze freeze the trains?

    12/07/2010 4:42:49 PM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05 Dec 2010
    Along with “Where?”, “When?” and “What?!?”, the three most insistent questions on the lips of would-be rail travellers in southern England over the past few days have been “Why, why, why?”. Now The Sunday Telegraph has an answer, of sorts. The almost total disappearance of trains from the network serving the capital from the south and east was due, it seems, to their sophisticated computer systems, which do not agree terribly well with a blend of third-rail electrification and icy conditions. A case of the wrong type of chips, perhaps?
  • Kasich says no passenger rail for Ohio ("The train is dead" Got austerity?)

    11/03/2010 6:50:56 PM PDT · by TSgt · 37 replies · 1+ views
    WDTN ^ | 11/3/2010 | Sonu Wasu
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - In his first news conference as governor elect, John Kasich de-railed plans for high speed trains connecting Dayton to the rest of the state. In a press conference with reporters from around the state, Kasich outlined his priorities for taking Ohio into the future. "My message today is to get jobs going in this state," said Kasich. Political analysts said the economy is what helped Kasich win the election, now he wants the economy to win for Ohio. "We have to become competitive. We've got to show the people of this state that we can manage...
  • France slammed by new strikes over retirement age

    09/23/2010 7:27:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | September 23, 2010 | JENNY BARCHFIELD
    French commuters squeezed onto limited trains or fought for rare parking spots Thursday as a second round of strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62 hobbled trains, planes and schools across the country. Fewer than half of the Paris Metro's lines were working normally, according to the RATP public transit network, and about half of France's long-distance trains were being canceled, according to the SNCF state-run rail system. The strikes are seen as a test for the conservative Sarkozy and are being watched elsewhere in Europe, as governments struggle to rein in costs with...
  • Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

    09/08/2010 2:02:58 PM PDT · by tired1 · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Commuters who ride PATCO trains between southern New Jersey and Philadelphia should expect random searches of their clothing, pockets, bags and vehicles on their morning trip to work.
  • (Trains:) Eurostar sets Paris-London record

    09/05/2007 8:25:05 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 290+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 09/04/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Eurostar has set a record on its inaugural journey from Paris to London via a new high-speed line in Britain. The train, carrying journalists and VIPs, arrived at St Pancras, instead of Waterloo, for the first time. It took two hours, three minutes, 39 seconds.
  • Audit challenges $86 billion transportation funding gap

    04/30/2007 10:41:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 445+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 30, 2007 | Ben Wear
    Report says that more than $45 billion of the estimate is either in error or undocumented. The State Auditor's Office this morning released a report challenging the validity of almost half of a purported $86 billion shortfall in Texas transportation funding over the next generation, and cautioning that the gap estimate "may not be reliable for making policy or funding decisions." That $86 billion figure has been cited repeatedly by Texas Department of Transportation officials and some legislators as a major reason for the state's increasing need for new toll roads. The number is a compilation of estimates from local...