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  • Germany: Train tickets drop in price as 2020 starts

    01/01/2020 7:06:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.01.2020 | Darko Janjevic
    Train travelers in Germany have an extra reason to celebrate entering 2020 — the national railway company Deutsche Bahn is cutting prices for long-distance rides. The government wants more people to take the train. Deutsche Bahn has unrolled new prices for 2020 and made its tickets 10% cheaper for long-distance traffic, the German railway company said. The move, which went into effect on Wednesday, stems from the climate protection measures passed by the German government — the Cabinet cut the value-added tax (VAT) on rail travel in December from 19% to 7% in an effort to make train travel more...
  • Local train crossings blocked, all trains stopped nation-wide (Lansing, MI)

    11/21/2019 9:29:37 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 59 replies
    WILX TV 10 ^ | 11/21/19 | News 10
    LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Capital Area Ingham County Alerts sent out a notification that "all trains nation-wide have been stopped for an undetermined amount of time." The alert said specific crossings that are blocked in our area are Hagadorn/Service in East Lansing and Marsh/Haslett in Meridian Township. News 10 reached out to East Lansing Police Chief Steve Gonzalez regarding the issue. "I don't know if it's a system failure or what, but it seems pretty large-scale," Gonzalez said. He said he is not aware of any injuries or accidents that would case a train to stop here locally. Marc Magliari,...
  • Emails show sales tax revenue going toward projects that are ‘not what most voters have in mind’

    11/05/2019 8:18:38 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The Center Square ^ | Nov 1, 2019 | Derek Draplin
    Taxpayer watchdog group: Emails show sales tax revenue going toward projects that are ‘not what most voters have in mind’..[ full title] ... A Colorado Springs tax watchdog group obtained communications between city employees that show discussion of using sales tax revenue for traffic reduction and bike lane infrastructure while other city officials have denied that’s where funds would be directed. City voters approved a road improvement ballot measure called 2C in 2015, which is up for renewal in the Nov. 5 election. 2C is a 0.62 percent sales tax increase that is supposed to be dedicated to road maintenance...
  • FLASHBACK: Hunter Biden’s One Qualification for Amtrak Board Was Taking Trains

    10/17/2019 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/15/2019 | Brent Scher
    Hunter Biden's only qualification for obtaining a seat on the Amtrak board of directors in 2006 was that he often rode trains. That's according to his father Joe Biden's Delaware colleague in the Senate, Tom Carper, who offered the sole nomination speech for the younger Biden when his name was presented in the Senate Commerce Committee. In his prepared remarks, Carper said Biden would be an "excellent addition" to the board, but was unable to list any reason beyond his frequent use of trains. "More significantly, Hunter has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains," Carper said after listing...
  • $2 million study looks at hyperloop – 700 mph transit – that would cross Pennsylvania

    10/13/2019 8:19:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 26, 2019 | Jana Benscoter
    Will a hyperloop work in Pennsylvania? That’s the question officials from legislative and executive branches, statewide agencies, organizations and departments, as well as a handful of private business leaders are trying to answer. Fifty people, invited to a workshop at Dixon University in Harrisburg on Wednesday, met to talk about the possibility of building a hyperloop system in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has until April 2020 to complete a $2 million state-legislative commissioned study on its viability. Media wasn’t permitted to attend the invitation-only meeting. According to the turnpike’s research, a hyperloop combines a magnetic levitation train and...
  • Switzerland boosts train services to France as 'flight-shaming' gains momentum

    10/12/2019 5:00:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies ^ | 10 October 2019 10:36 CEST+02:00
    As the anti-flying movement known as “flight shaming” is gaining momentum across Europe, Switzerland is adding new train services to some of its international routes. The TGV company Lyria, which is owned jointly by the Swiss Federal Railways and France’s SNCF, is adding trains to its high-speed link between major Swiss cities and Paris. Beginning on December 15th, 30% more connections will be offered to the French capital from Geneva, Zürich, Lausanne and Basel. That means an increase from the currently available 13,500 seats daily to 18,000 by the end of 2020. The goal of the expanded service is to...
  • Texas Central is making progress in its aim to build the nation's first 'bullet train'

    10/06/2019 5:17:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | September 2017 | Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor
    At a ceremony held last month at Houston’s City Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner could hardly contain his enthusiasm about a proposed 240-mile bullet train between the city and North Texas. Joining Turner at the event were representatives of Texas Central Partners LLC, the private company that plans to build a high-speed rail system based on Japan’s Shinkansen N700 technology to transport passengers from Houston to North Texas in about 90 minutes. The Aug. 17 ceremony was organized to sign a joint agreement in which the city pledged its support for the project, which is estimated to cost between $10 billion...
  • California High-Speed Rail board votes to bring trains to San Francisco

    09/23/2019 6:24:21 AM PDT · by cutty · 55 replies
    Vox Media, ^ | Sep 20, 2019 | Adam Brinklow
    Blended route” for the way to San Jose—and beyond. California’s ongoing bullet train project is late, over-budget, and politically assailed everywhere from Sacramento to the White House, but the nearly $80 billion venture still (pardon the term) chugs along, as the High Speed Rail Authority board voted Tuesday for routes that will eventually connect trains to the Bay Area. Out of four route proposals, board members favored a Merced-to-San Jose connection designated Alternative Four, one that “blended configuration between San Jose and Gilroy in the existing Caltrain and Union Pacific Railroad corridors before continuing to a dedicated high-speed rail alignment...
  • Study suggests high-speed transit system to mountains could provide economic benefits

    08/24/2019 11:57:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    Sky-Hi News ^ | August 21, 2019 | Sawyer D'Argonne
    A high-speed transit system through the mountain corridor could serve as a major economic boon to communities on the Western Slope, according to a new study recently published by Development Research Partners. A high-speed transit system — likely in the form of a train that would carry passengers and light freight between Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport — was listed in the 2011 Record of Decision issued by the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highways Administration as a potential long-term solution to dealing with congestion on Interstate 70. Late last year, stakeholders — including the...
  • Why Can’t America have High-Speed Bullet Trains?

    05/26/2019 5:46:26 AM PDT · by vannrox · 138 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 25MAY19 | Editorial staff
    Well, California Governor Gavin Newsom has abandoned plans to build a high-speed railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco. After spending billions of dollars in funds, much of it from the Federal government, the Governor said that the project should be shelved. He cited that the project was too expensive. The face of American politics today. This is the slick and well-packaged oligarchy pick for California. Mr. California Governor Gavin Newsom. Look how plastic he appears. Why, he could be right out of one of those political villains from a 1980’s John Cusack movie. California Is Abandoning A Plan To...
  • Trump Claws Back Nearly $1B From California High-Speed Rail Project

    05/17/2019 7:41:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | May 17,2019 | ED MORRISSEY
    The Trump administration declared California’s high-speed rail project dead yesterday, even while state officials extolled its beautiful plumage. Noting that the state had abandoned the full San Francisco to Los Angeles vision which prompted federal funding for the project, the White House pulled back nearly a billion dollars — and said it would come after the remaining $2.5 billion in federal investments as well: Put simply, this project has been a disaster from the beginning. Newsom and California officials claim that this move is payback for their opposition to Trump’s border policies, but these decisions stand well enough on their...
  • 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.
  • Amtrak Forgot Trains Aren't Planes

    01/22/2019 6:48:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | 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...