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  • New Jersey Transit train hits car with two women inside

    03/27/2011 12:50:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    NewJersey.Com ^ | Mar 26, 2011‎ | Allison Pries
    RIVER EDGE — A New Jersey Transit train tossed a car 80 feet when the two collided Saturday, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the vehicle’s occupants, a spokesman for the rail line said. The car's driver, Hyung Seo, 77, of Palisades Park suffered a shoulder injury and the passenger, Yoo Young, 77, of Hillsdale suffered head, back and neck injuries. Both women were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said. The Nissan Maxima apparently entered the Main Street railroad crossing at about 7:35 a.m. as the train was passing through, he said, breaking a safety gate....
  • High-speed rail in Florida still barely alive (Moron city alliance?)

    03/12/2011 7:30:47 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 16 replies
    Miami HURLED ^ | 3/12/11
    TALLAHASSEE — High speed rail in Florida may not be totally dead yet. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday announced he will make the $2.4 billion originally earmarked for the state available through a competitive process. That means a coalition of local governments, including Tampa, Orlando, Lakeland and Miami, could attempt to win the funds to build an 84-mile line between Tampa and Orlando. They would have to compete with other states for the money.
  • Passenger train missing in tsunami-hit Japan: Kyodo

    03/11/2011 8:01:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | Updated as of 03/11/2011 10:18 PM Japan Time | Agence France-Presse
    TOKYO, Japan - A passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard was unaccounted for in a tsunami-hit part of coastal Japan, Kyodo News reported Friday, citing police. The East Japan Railway Co. train was running near Nobiru Station on the Senseki Line connecting Sendai to Ishinomaki when a massive quake hit, triggering a 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami, the report said.
  • The Bullet Train to Bankruptcy. Californians are questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority.

    03/09/2011 6:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 164 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    Californians have a reputation for questioning authority. And increasingly, they appear to be questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority, which voters empowered in 2008 to issue $9.95 billion in bonds and build the nation’s largest such system. Opposition hasn’t reached critical mass — not yet. But it is broad, and it includes Republicans, some Democrats, community groups, local governments, fiscal conservatives, and neighborhood preservationists. Reports from respectable engineering and financial teams, including state agencies, paint a far gloomier picture than the happy-talk done deal that’s been portrayed in the national media. Lawsuits further complicate the picture. The more money California sponges...
  • TSA bag inspections / search AFTER travel (passengers leaving TRAIN searched)

    02/23/2011 6:24:18 PM PST · by CedarDave · 45 replies
    Flyer Talk ^ | February 21, 2011 | Cartoon Peril
    This has been mentioned in other threads, but deserves its own. Here is a video from 2/13/11 showing a mother and two young children being searched AFTER they got off the train at the Savannah train depot. From the YouTube poster's account: Quote: The only bad thing on our trip was TSA was at the Savannah train station. There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and coralling everyone in a roped area AFTER you got OFF THE TRAIN! This made no sense!!! Poor family in front of us! 9 year old getting patted down and wanded. They...
  • Vigorous defense pledged for man accused of threatening to blow up train (MT)

    02/17/2011 6:24:31 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies ^ | 2/17/11 | Paul Walsh
    An attorney for a Burnsville man accused of threatening to blow up an Amtrak train in Montana on Thursday pledged a vigorous defense for his client. Hussein Hassan, 24, was arrested Monday night amid blizzard conditions in northwestern Montana, where the westbound Empire Builder was halted. Hassan is accused of being drunk and unruly on the train. Hassan later suggested in an empty threat to a sheriff's deputy that he left a bomb on the train, according to the charges. That prompted the evacuation of 140 or so passengers in blizzard-like conditions and delayed its trek to Washington and Oregon...
  • Threat in Montana forces evacuation of Amtrak train bound for Oregon

    02/16/2011 9:33:29 AM PST · by epithermal · 34 replies
    Oregonian ^ | February 15, 2011 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. -- An unruly passenger who was removed from an Amtrak train later made a threat that led to the train’s evacuation, an Amtrak official said Tuesday. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Hussein Abdi Hassan, 24, was removed from the train in Browning shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday. While being interviewed by authorities, the Minnesota man “somehow threatened the safety of the train," he said. Nothing dangerous was found. The train was stopped between Browning and East Glacier. Passengers were taken to a middle school in Browning, where they were set up with sleeping bags and air mattresses.
  • U.S. unveils $53 billion in high-speed rail plan

    02/08/2011 9:17:33 AM PST · by speciallybland · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/08/2011 | Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government will dedicate $53 billion over six years to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. The initiative will allow the Department of Transportation to choose corridors for the new projects and increase U.S. use of the passenger rails, the White House said in a statement. President Barack Obama's budget for fiscal year 2012, which is to be unveiled next week, includes $8 billion for the plan. The rest of the money will be allocated over the six-year time period.
  • CAUTION: Train Xing (SOME-where!)

    02/08/2011 1:44:14 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 08, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Best stop and look both ways... tracks or not This 15-second web movie features a railroad crossing near Donnybrook, North Dakota, about 40 miles northwest of Minot on US 52. I've got to imagine all that snow muffles the sound, and this thing could really sneak up on you if not paying attention. Looks like they've got a pusher engine added to the rear for incremental snow-plowing umfff... This is pretty cool (sorry)... click -here- More at Reaganite Republican
  • Amtrak train kills bald eagle eating dead deer on tracks near Aberdeen

    02/04/2011 11:34:00 AM PST · by speciallybland · 87 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/04/2011 | The Associated Press
    A bald eagle was killed by a train Thursday morning while enjoying breakfast on a stretch of tracks near Abderdeen, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Craig Koppie, an eagle coordinator with the federal agency, said the rare encounter happened in a flash. The bird was eating a deer carcass about 8:30 a.m. as an Amtrak train headed to Washington approached. An engineer spotted the bird and blasted his horn, but the eagle took off too slowly and was hit.
  • State: HRT officials kept true light rail cost 'secret' from feds

    12/14/2010 11:43:48 AM PST · by Sursam Abordine · 11 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/14/10 | Debbie Messina
    NORFOLK Months before signing legal documents assuring federal officials they could build light rail for $232 million, Hampton Roads Transit leaders knew it would actually cost tens of millions of dollars more, a new state investigation reveals. In fact, HRT senior officials maintained a separate, internal accounting of light rail costs that was intentionally kept “secret” from government entities footing the bills, documents show.
  • Gun prohibitionist hysteria derailed

    12/04/2010 4:43:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 December, 2010 | Dave Workman
    Perhaps there is nothing quite so satisfying as seeing someone else “call B.S.” on the gun prohibition crowd, and it happened today courtesy of KOMO’s never-meek Ken Schram, a guy with whom I often disagree, but he's still a pal. Reacting to the hand-wringing from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence over the new Amtrak rules that take effect next month, allowing firearms to be carried in locked, checked baggage, "Schrambo" took off the gloves, and it was the right thing to do. A spokesman for the Brady camp had contended this will “make it easier” for terrorists to...
  • Israel train line plan draws Palestinian ire

    11/26/2010 4:50:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/26/2010 | Matti Friedman
    A new Israeli plan for a train line linking central Israel to settlements deep in the West Bank drew criticism Friday from Palestinians already angry over Israel's refusal to meet their demand for a full halt to settlement construction. The line is supposed to run from the suburbs of Tel Aviv to the northern West Bank - an area where Israel's presence is not internationally recognized and which Palestinians want as part of their future state. The new project comes as relations between the Israeli and Palestinian governments are growing more sour, with the sides unable to agree even on...
  • GOP House aims to take $2 billion back from California high-speed rail

    11/23/2010 12:27:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/23/10 | Mike Rosenberg
    Wasting no time after a victorious midterm election, GOP Congressional leaders who promised to slash spending are looking to make an example out of the nation's priciest public works project: California's $43 billion high-speed railroad. A coalition of 27 House Republicans, led by the ranking member of the committee that controls spending, wants to yank $2 billion in stimulus funds promised to California to kick start the massive project. U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, last week introduced the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act," which would return the final $12 billion in unspent and uncommitted stimulus funds to the U.S....
  • Calstate Dems involuntarily commit the innocent and let homeless psycho killers run free

    11/20/2010 11:41:47 AM PST · by mainestategop · 14 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Two days ago, An elderly woman was murdered in front of her sister and onlookers on LA's metro gold line station in Little Tokyo. The station, recently opened a year ago under the new gold line extension into east LA now has its first big incident. An insane drug addicted and mentally ill homeless woman is now in custody for committing the murder. The killer, a woman named Jackkqueline Pogue committed the offense has a long history of mental illness not to mention an even longer criminal history. She had been thrown out of just about every shelter and welfare...
  • Amtrak braces of busiest week of the year in California

    11/18/2010 6:11:51 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Central Valley Business Times ^ | November 15, 2010 9:32pm
    Amtrak is adding more cars to its trains to accommodate passengers next week, the busiest week of the year for the state’s three passenger train routes, including the “San Joaquin” through much of the Central Valley. On what is anticipated to be the heaviest single travel day of the year for Amtrak — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – Amtrak expects ridership to reach as many as 127,000 passengers system-wide. Last year, Amtrak carried nearly 686,000 passengers for the holiday week setting a new Thanksgiving ridership record. To accommodate more passengers traveling during this holiday week, more capacity will be added...
  • Homeless Woman Charged in LA Train Track Death(pushes elderly woman on tracks)

    11/17/2010 10:46:27 AM PST · by mainestategop · 50 replies
    AolNews ^ | 11/16/2010 | Thomas Watkins
    LOS ANGELES (Nov. 16) -- Betty Sugiyama was rushing to catch a train for a shopping trip when authorities say the unthinkable happened: A homeless woman leapt from a bench and shoved her onto the tracks. Witnesses said the woman then calmly returned to her seat as Sugiyama writhed in pain on the tracks with a cracked skull. The 84-year-old Little Tokyo resident died soon after, and the suspect was arrested on murder charges. A sister of Sugiyama who witnessed the attack remained stunned Tuesday that anyone would want to kill her friendly younger sibling, a Japanese-American who had grown...
  • Missing Jordanian Air Marshal Found Aboard Amtrak Train

    03/25/2003 6:31:00 PM PST · by Willie Green · 26 replies · 217+ views
    2002 WCJB-TV20 ^ | 3/25/2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. (Jacksonville-AP) -- A Jordanian air marshal, reported missing when he failed to show up for a Royal Jordanian Airways flight, was found yesterday on an Amtrak train in Jacksonville. Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducting a routine drug sweep of the train spotted Ali Ahmad Al-Omari who had been sought since failing to show up Saturday for a Royal Jordanian Airways flight in Chicago. Airline officials, fearing foul play, contacted Chicago authorities, who contacted the FBI. Al-Omari told authorities he was traveling to Miami to visit friends. Bill Hurlburt, a spokesman for...
  • Northstar rail line's birthday wish: more riders

    11/12/2010 5:39:56 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer dePress ^ | 11-12-10 | Deepta Holalkere
    As the Northstar Commuter Rail line nears its first birthday, ridership has fallen below expectations. A week after it was announced that plans to expand the rail line to St. Cloud have been shelved, officials released numbers showing ridership is about 5 percent below projections. Officials blame the economy and expect the gap to widen.
  • Rail deal quietly locked in -- Walker blasts election-eve commitment to high-speed train

    11/04/2010 9:44:22 AM PDT · by so_real · 33 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov. 1, 2010 | Larry Sandler
    Just days before an election that could decide the fate of a planned high-speed rail line, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal to commit the state to spending all $810 million of the federal stimulus cash allocated to the Milwaukee-to-Madison route, transportation officials confirmed Monday. The unannounced weekend agreement frees outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration to sign contracts for much if not all of the work. That could hamstring efforts by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans to kill the project and spend the money on something else if they take control of the...