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  • California rail authority calls Trump plan to end high-speed rail funding 'rash and unlawful'

    03/04/2019 5:18:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/04/19 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The California rail authority delivered a sharp rebuttal Monday to the Trump administration, saying its threat to cancel and rescind $3.5 billion in grants for the state bullet train project is “rash and unlawful.” In two letters to the Federal Railroad Administration, state officials say they have not breached the terms and conditions of the grants and are making progress in building what would be a transformative passenger rail system. The federal agency issued notice two weeks ago that it intended to terminate a $929-million grant issued in 2010 for the high-speed rail system and was exploring options to seek...
  • Yes, Let's Get Real on California High Speed Rail!

    02/14/2019 11:35:52 AM PST · by Publius · 41 replies
    Despite what you might have heard, Gov. Gavin Newsom reaffirmed California's commitment to high-speed rail in his State of the State speech on Tuesday. Newsom said California must "be real" about high-speed rail in the state, and that there "simply isn't a path" to completing the full vision of the project, which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles by bullet trains in less than 3 hours. At the same time, he affirmed the state's commitment to completing the 119-mile first phase, which will connect Bakersfield to Merced. Most media reports portrayed Newsom's announcement as a scaling back of the...
  • Absolutely incredible HO car and train layout!

    02/11/2019 9:59:18 AM PST · by ETL · 84 replies
    You are not going to believe this HO car, truck and train layout...Please check out the full 10 min video at the YouTube link provided. I strongly suggest watching on FULL screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A2h3jZhxiA
  • Amtrak Forgot Trains Aren't Planes

    01/22/2019 6:48:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2019 | Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH -- For nearly a quarter of a century, Amtrak's Capitol Limited route has taken me from my beloved hometown to Washington, D.C. Sometimes for fun, almost always for work, the experience is never the same. And if you are a rail lover, it is always about the experience. There is only one train that leaves the Pittsburgh station every day, and that is at 5:20 a.m. (which means your alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m.). Thanks to sharing the line with freight, that almost always means a 20- to 90-minute departure delay. Then there's the nearly eight-hour trip, twice...
  • What the high-speed rail audit really means ( California )

    12/17/2018 11:33:35 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | December 16, 2018 | Jon Coupal
    a report from the Auditor of the State of California on the High Speed Rail Project ... To understand just how damning the HSR audit was, just consider the subtitle: “Flawed Decision Making and Poor Contract Management Have Contributed to Billions in Cost Overruns and Delays in the System’s Construction.” But like many government documents, the audit is couched in bureaucratic language that ordinary citizens may not understand. For that reason, below are the summary points as provided by the state auditor with accompanying translations. Auditor: “Although the Authority has secured and identified funding of over $28 billion that it...
  • More fired track inspectors blamed for ‘falsified’ reports get jobs back at Metro ( DC )

    12/06/2018 8:34:00 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 5, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Track workers blamed for what Metro had called faked inspection reports are getting their jobs back, after an arbitrator found the reports were done as Metro had instructed. A court filing this week suggested Metro and five track workers who had filed a federal lawsuit over their firings reached a settlement in the case, and Metro and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 confirmed Wednesday that an agreement covers most of the at least 16 front-line workers and five supervisors who were publicly disciplined about two years ago. Three of the workers who challenged their firings are not covered...
  • Second man killed by train in Moorpark had been placing flowers for previous train victim

    11/28/2018 6:00:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    VC Star ^ | 11/26/2018 | Gretchen Wenner
    A man hit and killed by an Amtrak train Monday morning in Moorpark had been placing flowers on the tracks for another man fatally struck on Saturday by an Amtrak train, authorities said. Monday's fatality occurred around 11:33 a.m., when a northbound passenger train from Los Angeles was traveling through the city at about 70 mph, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, which provides police services in the city. The man, described as a 47-year-old Moorpark resident, was hit near Avenida Colonia and Nogales Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene. Tracks in the area pass underneath Highway...
  • Cost of building Southland section of bullet train could jump by $11 billion, documents show

    11/14/2018 3:35:58 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | NOV 12, 2018 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The cost of constructing the Southern California section of the state bullet train could jump by as much as $11 billion over estimates released earlier this year, though rail authority officials caution that their new numbers assume a more expansive design than is likely to be built. The new estimates are contained in environmental reports prepared for Thursday’s meeting of the authority board, which will review planned routes throughout the Southland. The reports acknowledge that the new cost estimates could affect the $77-billion price tag of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco system, though they also use a different methodology than previous...
  • Where does your toll money go? Miami drivers, sick of traffic and expense, want to know

    10/16/2018 8:05:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 10, 2018 | Dylan Jackson
    In life, some things are unavoidable: death, taxes — and if you live in South Florida — tolls. Coughing up money to drive on the highways add to the cost of living in South Florida. Drivers in Miami-Dade and Broward spent more than a half billion dollars in tolls fees in the last year. Consider: A daily trip from Kendall to downtown Miami costs over $4 roundtrip by Sunpass, or about $1,000 a year for a five-day a week, 50-week commuter. For those who haven’t signed up for Sunpass, the toll-by-plate rate of almost $8 per day amounts to $2,000...
  • RTD reduces number of cars on R Line through Aurora ( Denver )

    09/26/2018 7:03:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    KDVR ^ | SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 | JIM HOOLEY
    RTD is cutting the number of cars on the light rail R Line that runs through Aurora because of a lack of ridership. RTD says ridership on the R Line is about half of projected numbers. The one-car trains look more like a trolly going up and down the tracks. RTD believes cutting the two-car trains to just one is enough to serve the needs of the R Line passengers and the low numbers for now.
  • The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

    05/28/2018 5:21:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 50 replies
    citylab ^ | 22 May 2018 | ALLAN RICHARZ
    ... Japanese rail system occasionally becomes the focus of international headlines—as on May 11, when West Japan Railways issued a florid apology after one of its commuter trains left the station 25 seconds early.... The orderliness of society is taken as a given—Japanese commuters know how to queue on an escalator and can easily navigate the confusing, but wide-open, spaces of Tokyo’s rail stations without assistance. This allows rail operators to instead focus on deeper psychological manipulation. Operating on the theory that exposure to blue light has a calming effect on one’s mood, rail stations in Japan began installing these...
  • NSW’s $2 billion new trains are too wide to get through tunnels ( Australia )

    03/14/2018 5:14:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    News Limited ^ | March 6, 2018 | Benedict Brook
    THE NSW Government has an embarrassing problem with $2 billion worth of new trains that are on order — they’re too wide to go through the tunnels. Whereas the current trains are 2.9m wide, the new models being built in South Korea are 20cm wider. That small difference could have a big impact. It means the new trains could collide with the tunnel walls on their way up to the world famous Blue Mountains. But Transport for NSW (TfNSW), the Government body that manages the state’s rail system, has come up with a cunning plan. It has proposed simply relaxing...
  • Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph [MD]

    02/06/2018 10:52:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 101 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 02/06/2018 | By Danielle Furfaro
    <p>A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was cruising through Maryland on Tuesday, sources told The Post. Modal Trigger A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was moving at top speed through Maryland.</p>
  • Train Carrying Republican Senators and Representatives to Post-SOTU Retreat Has "Incident"

    01/31/2018 8:44:19 AM PST · by Strac6 · 92 replies
    Fox News TV
    From FOX: Details very sketchy now. Train headed to Greenbriar, WV (Mt. Weather) Some sort of "incident" Details to follow.
  • NY-NJ Gateway Project: Critical Fixes, Big Builds

    12/11/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Engineering News-Record ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom Stabile
    The nearly $30-billion Gateway program to overhaul Northeast Corridor rail lines between Newark and New York City, an array of tunnels, bridges and viaduct over wetlands has two main thrusts: rehabilitation and expansion. These objectives are deeply intertwined—the project team must build new structures in the huge effort before it can upgrade old ones. That’s why digging two 1.4-mile, 28-ft-dia train tunnels under the Hudson River—an estimated $12.9-billion project component—isn’t just an expansion job but a lifeline to free a pair of 107-year-old tubes heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and in need of a rebuild. It’s also why...
  • More Than 100 Reindeer Slaughtered by Trains in Norway

    12/05/2017 9:54:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2017 | Natalie Musumeci
    More than 100 reindeer have been fatally mowed down by freight trains in northern Norway in the past week in a pre-Christmas “bloodbath,” according to reports. One train killed 65 deer on the tracks on Saturday and another 41 died in the same gruesome fashion between Wednesday and Friday of last week during the animals’ winter migration. “I’m so angry that I’m dizzy,” Ole Henrik, the owner of the 65 dead reindeer, told NRK, a Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company.
  • The Train Robbery That Almost Won the Civil War

    06/04/2017 5:22:30 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 3, 2017 | Marc Wortman
    Union soldiers paid with their lives for their failed theft of a locomotive—and became America’s first Medal of Honor winners for their heroics. Alexander Crosman peered through his telescope from the deck of his Union Army gunboat. What the commander of the USS Somerset saw bewildered him. Nearly 18 miles from shore, off the Confederate-held city of Apalachicola, Florida, Crosman watched two men standing in a small skiff and waving frantically at the military ship. Crosman ordered his ship’s guns leveled and an armed guard on deck. As the skiff drew closer, he looked down at the men. They were...
  • The Japanese have shown the ultra-modern luxury train. Photo

    05/14/2017 5:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mice Times Asia ^ | May 14, 2017
    The East Japan Railway company sent to the first journey of the ultramodern train Train Suite Shiki-shima, for which tickets are booked until March next year. Train Train Suite Shiki-shima called “boutique on wheels”. It is designed for only 34 passengers and consists of ten cars, which placed 17 of the compartment, restaurant and lounge. According to The Japan Times, the creation is invested 5 billion yen, equivalent to $44.5 million Train Suite Shiki-shima should be three tourist routes, beginning in Tokyo and passing through the various prefectures of the country. The interiors of the trains was developed by the...
  • Railcar interior maker to create 44 jobs in Henrietta (New York)

    04/24/2017 8:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WXXI-TV ^ | April 24, 2017 | Randy Gorbman
    A maker of railcar equipment is coming to Henrietta and is expected to create 44 jobs. Rolen-Jinxin is a joint venture of companies from Spain and China. They have chosen a site in West Henrietta to locate their first U.S.-based operation. The company makes interior parts and other equipment for railcars. Rolen-Jinxin will create production, engineering and management jobs at the West Henrietta location. Empire State Development has offered tax credits worth up to $600,000. Monroe County is also offering incentives. The total project cost is close to $1 million. A company official, managing director David Parr, says that Rolen-Jinxin...
  • Rare certification could mean jobs for Southern Oklahoma (4,000 to 7,000 jobs)

    04/18/2017 5:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KXII-TV ^ | April 17, 2017 | Andrew Freeman
    ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- The hope of anywhere from 4-7,000 new jobs, and economic growth, follows a certification given to a Texoma Industrial park. The Ardmore Airpark is 1,700 acres of land, with the potential to house 5,000,000 square-feet of development, and create 4-7,000 jobs. And now its certified by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which uses nine different metrics to grade and certify land. There's only 10 certified sites in the whole country. "It's a big deal for Southern Oklahoma, its a big deal for Ardmore, and its a game changer." Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said. B.N.S.F looks at...