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  • High Speed Delusion

    03/28/2011 8:56:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2011 | Al Boese
    Last Tuesday, March 22nd, saw two Obama high speed rail shills, hapless Illinois Governor Quinn and the loyal, ebullient, camera centric Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, shamelessly announcing with pride, the next phase of the so called Chicago to St Louis High Speed Rail project. The new $1.2 billion phase is to run from Bloomington, IL to Dwight IL, a distance of 58.5 miles of what could only be described as the "Billion Dollar Train to Nowhere." Folks, that amounts to a mere $20,618,556 per mile, with an estimated heart stopping speed of 110 mph. Google Map estimates driving between these...
  • LaHood Visits Honolulu to Discuss ($5.5 Billion) Rail Project

    03/23/2011 1:41:49 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2011
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is meeting with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle to discuss the city's planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line. LaHood, Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii and other officials were to join Carlisle at a briefing Wednesday on the rail transit project. LaHood oversees the Federal Transit Administration, which has pledged to sign an agreement providing at least $1.5 billion for the rail. LaHood plans to tour the port and talk with people about how to "rev up this economy in Hawaii." This is LaHood's first visit to the state since being appointed by President Barack Obama....
  • Nelson ‘fighting’ for rail money as NPR, other media misinform on study

    03/16/2011 1:56:59 PM PDT · by Crush · 7 replies
    The US Report ^ | 16 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Gov. Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion taxpayer (or borrowed from foreign countries) dollars the US Dept. of Transportation offered Florida. The money would’ve helped to create a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Supporters also want future lines between Orlando and Miami and maybe one day Orlando and Jacksonville. The Florida Times-Union ran a story on Saturday suggesting US senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) might go after the money despite Scott’s concerns. The header to the story in the print edition was “Nelson fighting to get back rail money.” The header to the online story read “Florida loses...
  • Biden's Name to Grace New Rail Station

    03/16/2011 4:57:38 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | March 15, 2011 | CATHERINE BROWN
    Frequent train rider, Vice President Joe Biden will be forever linked with the Wilmington train station. In honor of the long-time Amtrak rider and strong advocate of passenger rail, the newly renovated station will be dedicated as the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Railroad Station on Saturday. As a U.S. Senator from Delaware for 36 years, Biden regularly traveled by train between Wilmington and Washington, D.C. Wilmington Station underwent a nearly two-year, $37.7-million renovation. Funding for the project included $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Police: Train carries man 200 yards (San Antonio, Tx)

    03/14/2011 11:57:23 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 9 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 14 March 2011 | Eva Ruth Moravec
    A man is expected to survive after he was struck by a train on the Northeast Side early Monday, San Antonio police said. The man, 22, was struck by a southbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive near Wetmore Road and Wurzbach Parkway around 5 a.m. BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said the train's engineer and conductor saw the man lying on the tracks, apparently attempting suicide, near a bridge. The crew blew the train's horn and activated its emergency brakes, officials said, but couldn't avoid striking the man. Police Sgt. Donald Leonard said the man was then scooped up by the...
  • John Galt vs. Bamtrak ( high-speed rail )

    03/04/2011 2:03:48 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    wsj ^ | MARCH 4, 2011. | JAMES TARANTO
    "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that $2.4 billion in high-speed rail funding intended for Florida will be sent to other states after the state Supreme Court upheld Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject the money..." Why was the federal government trying to force this boondoggle on the Sunshine State? ... Who is John Galt? ... "Atlas Shrugged" is a lengthy parable about individualism and freedom. Set in the not-too-distant future, it depicts an America whose economy is falling apart under the weight of an overweening government run entirely by people with approximately the integrity, cognitive ability and humility...
  • President Obama Busts the Budget for Pie-in-the-Sky Amtrak and “Livability” Proposals

    03/04/2011 1:01:56 PM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Mar. 4, 2011 | Ronald Utt, Ph.D.
    President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2012 is an unabashed attempt to grow government and add $1 trillion to the national debt. While a detailed review of the flaws in the President’s budget is beyond the scope of this paper,[1] one of the budget’s more fiscally irresponsible components is the proposal to increase surface “transportation” spending by more than 84 percent (from $58 billion to $107 billion) over FY 2010 spending levels.[2]
  • Sessions ‘flabbergasted’ by increase in Obama transportation budget (it's a union payoff)

    03/03/2011 9:37:57 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/03/11 | Erik Wasson
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to task Thursday for the Obama administration’s call for a massive increase in transportation spending. Given the record deficit this year, Sessions said he was surprised to see Obama’s 2012 budget call for an 11 percent spending increase and a 9.5 percent increase for the Education and Energy departments, respectively. But, he said, “I was flabbergasted to see Transportation wants 62 percent increase in spending.” Sessions noted, ahead of LaHood’s testimony on the request, that the Obama budget calls for an unspecified new tax to raise $435...
  • Documents Reveal TSA Plan To Body-Scan Pedestrians, Train Passengers

    03/02/2011 5:55:24 PM PST · by CedarDave · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 2, 2011 | Andy Greenberg
    Giving Transportation Security Administration agents a peek under your clothes may soon be a practice that goes well beyond airport checkpoints. Newly uncovered documents show that as early as 2006, the Department of Homeland Security has been planning pilot programs to deploy mobile scanning units that can be set up at public events and in train stations, along with mobile x-ray vans capable of scanning pedestrians on city streets. The non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) on Wednesday published documents it obtained from the Department of Homeland Security showing that from 2006 to 2008 the agency planned a study of...
  • The People Mover's Pricey Pensions

    03/02/2011 10:49:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Barbara Hansen made $114,815 in 2010 as general manager of Detroit Transportation Corporation. DTC exists to operate the Detroit People Mover, the municipal rail system that serves downtown Detroit. Hansen also received a $14,696 pension contribution made by her employer last year. It is a benefit DTC employees get that far exceeds the private sector. The DTC contributes 12.8 percent of W-2 wages for employees’ pensions, more than double the payment made to a typical private sector employee with a retirement benefit. “That’s not where you want to be,” said Rick Dreyfuss, a pension expert and adjunct scholar at the...
  • Florida lawmakers want governor to take Feds' high-speed rail money

    03/01/2011 10:36:05 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/01/11 11:42 AM ET | Keith Laing
    State lawmakers in Florida are threatening to sue GOP Gov. Rick Scott over his refusal to take $2.4 billion in high-speed rail money. The fight in Florida comes amid a renewed push by President Obama on high-speed rail, which the White House has identified as a key investment in the nation’s future. Scott describes the $2.4 billion the federal government has offered his state a “federal boondoggle” and has refused to accept the money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. Republicans in Washington have also criticized Obama’s proposal to spend on high-speed rail at a time...
  • High Speed to Insolvency (Why liberals love trains)

    02/28/2011 12:56:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies · 3+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Febriaru 27, 2011 | George Will
    ...Remarkably widespread derision has greeted the Obama administration’s damn-the-arithmetic-full-speed-ahead proposal to spend $53 billion more (after the $8 billion in stimulus money and $2.4 billion in enticements to 23 states) in the next six years pursuant to the president’s loopy goal of giving “80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail.” “Access” and “high-speed” to be defined later. ...[Florida's] Rick Scott, has joined Ohio’s (...Kasich) and Wisconsin’s (...Walker) in rejecting federal incentives—more than $2 billion in Florida’s case—to begin a high-speed rail project.... The three governors want to spare their states from paying the much larger sums likely to be...
  • Sowell: Reckless Spending

    02/21/2011 6:11:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 21, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    Nothing more clearly illustrates the utter irresponsibility of Barack Obama than his advocacy of "high-speed rail." The man is not stupid. He knows how to use words that will sound wonderful to people who do not bother to stop and think. High-speed rail may be feasible in parts of Europe or Japan, where the population density is much higher than in the United States. But, without enough people packed into a given space, there will never be enough riders to repay the high cost of building and maintaining a high-speed rail system. Building a high-speed rail system between Los...
  • Florida Railroad Check (Driving to Tampa is cheaper.)

    02/17/2011 9:08:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2011
    Florida Governor Rick Scott avoided a costly train wreck this week by hitting the brakes on his state's high-speed rail project. Alas, the White House continues to charge full-speed ahead. Mr. Scott rejected $2.4 billion of federal money for an 84-mile line from Tampa to Orlando, saying that it would likely end up costing state taxpayers an additional $3 billion when the state's budget deficit this year is $3.6 billion. Then there's the half a billion dollars in operating subsidies that the train would need every decade, which could be more depending on how much the state has inflated ridership...
  • Who got high speed rail money

    02/17/2011 8:58:54 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 17, 2011 | Steve Hargreaves
    The federal government already has more than $10 billion in stimulus and other money set aside for high speed rail projects. To date, it has made commitments to spend $4.5 billion of that. Obama has made infrastructure a centerpiece of his presidency, calling for $53 billion in additional funds for high speed rail in his budget proposal this week. California: The state has captured the lion's share of these funds... Chicago-St. Louis: This route, which passes through Springfield and Bloomington, Ill., received $1.1 billion ... Orlando-Tampa: ... Vermont: The state was one of the first to win federal money, and...
  • Florida’s Scott Rejects Tampa-Orlando High-Speed Rail Line

    02/16/2011 10:56:25 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 39 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | : February 16, 2011 | Timothy Williams
    Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Wednesday rejected plans for a high speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando, in the process turning down $2 billion in federal funds and a key piece of President Obama’s goal of building a national high-speed rail network. Florida is the third state with a newly elected Republican governor to turn down a portion of the administration’s high-speed rail project, joining John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
  • Joe Biden: 'They're gonna own our kids' without high-speed rail

    02/09/2011 1:16:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Alexandra Petri
    Speaking about the need for high-speed rail, Vice President Joe Biden commented that, "If we don't get a grip, folks, they'll not only be teaching us, they're gonna own our kids." What? If I'd known that all it required to own someone's kids was to discourage him from supporting high-speed rail, I would be beating Angelina Jolie right now in the people's-kids-owning-game. Leaving aside the numerous objections to high-speed rail, this seems like an odd thing to say under any circumstances. I understand that this makes it characteristic of Joe Biden. I think the most impossible quiz in the world...
  • Biden: Hey, let’s spend $53 billion on high-speed rail

    02/08/2011 2:22:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2011 | Allahpundit
    Why not? The federal budget is now like a teetering Jenga tower that stretches into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. There’s no question that it’s going to topple pretty soon, so in the meantime, why not have fun and see how many more pieces we can stick on there before it does? Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an ambitious $53 billion program to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster over the next six years.Biden, who estimated he has ridden Amtrak between Washington and his home in Wilmington, Delaware, some 7,900 times, made a strong pitch...
  • Obama to call for $53B for high-speed rail

    02/08/2011 10:54:17 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation. An initial $8 billion in spending will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • President Obama, China, High-Speed Rail and the Sputnik Moment

    01/26/2011 12:51:51 PM PST · by wheresmyusa · 24 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | 1/26/2011 | Samuel Staley
    Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Americans and Congress to embrace this generation's "Sputnik" moment and spend more on technology and innovation to spur economic growth. America is losing its edge to nations like China, Mr. Obama suggested, because we have failed to commit to a long-term vision to be competitive in this digital age. "China is building faster trains and newer airports," the president said. "Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation's infrastructure, they gave us a 'D.'" "Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed...
  • John Mica (R) To Obama On High Speed Rail; “I’m The Best Cheerleader”

    01/26/2011 12:49:18 PM PST · by SterlingSilver · 13 replies
    Orlando Political Press ^ | January 26, 2011 | Tom Tillison
    As Barack Obama was exiting the House Chamber at the conclusion of last night’s State of the Union address, a very interesting exchange was captured on camera between the President and Republican John Mica (FL-7), Chairman of the Transportation Committee. Mica can be seen in the middle of a group of Democrat lawmakers clamoring for Obama’s autograph, standing next to Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA20), a huge high speed rail supporter who’s lobbying hard for the project in California. As Obama approaches Mica, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Obama’s immediate right and Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) directly behind him,...
  • Model Railroad Museum could become major tourist attraction (Mentor, Ohio)

    01/22/2011 6:30:00 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 74 replies ^ | 22Jan2011 | Neil Zurcher
    The year 2011 may be remembered as the beginning of what could become a major tourist attraction for the city of Mentor. The Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum is up and running in its new home, the former Tow Motor Plant on Justin Way. They claim to have the largest model train display in the entire world. There are literally thousands of miniature train cars representing every size imaginable from tiny “Z” gauge to the giant “G” gauge Garden Scale. The trains circle, start and stop on a layout that covers over 19,000 square feet. And admission is free. According...
  • Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow

    01/02/2011 10:36:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 45 replies ^ | 12/27/2010 | TT/The Local/pvs
    The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has turned to antique rolling stock to boost resources battling the snow and to clear a stretch of track in southern Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT). The trains, old DA locomotives normally resident in the Swedish Railway Museum in Gävle in northern Sweden, have been dusted off and put back into service to clear the tracks of snow between Mjölby and Alvesta in southern Sweden. Furthermore a 100-year-old snowplough is in place alongside the tracks in nearby Nässjö, ready to be called into action if needed. "These are made of stern...
  • LaHood yanks rail money from 2 states

    12/09/2010 11:00:01 AM PST · by ColdOne · 16 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/09/10 | ABBY PHILLIP
    The Obama administration will take away high-speed-rail stimulus money originally awarded to Wisconsin and Ohio after their incoming Republican governors indicated that they wouldn’t continue with the projects.
  • 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?
  • VIDEO: The Economics of High-Speed Rail

    12/07/2010 12:46:21 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/7/2010 | Fox Business
    Randal O'Toole discusses the inefficiency of high-speed rail trains with John Stossel on Fox Business.
  • APNewsBreak: NJ must pay $271M for killing tunnel

    11/29/2010 1:48:18 PM PST · by Qbert · 39 replies
    AP via ^ | 11/29/2010 | ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey owes the federal government more than $271 million after canceling a rail tunnel connecting the state with New York, according to a debt notice obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The letter from the Federal Transit Administration's chief financial officer to NJ Transit's executive director demands payment of $271,101,291 by Dec. 24. It's money the government wants New Jersey to repay for work done on the Hudson River tunnel before Republican Gov. Chris Christie terminated the project. The notification follows a warning letter earlier this month estimating the charges. "FTA demands payment in full within...
  • Midterms Threaten Obama’s Rail Plans

    11/20/2010 12:39:53 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/17/2010 | Michael Cooper
    Midterms Threaten Obama’s Rail Plans The Obama administration’s signature transportation initiative is almost always described as “high-speed rail.” But more than half of the $10.4 billion the administration has awarded for rail so far has not gone toward real bullet trains, but to build slower, conventional train lines that it hopes will form the foundation of a nationwide high-speed rail network -speed rail network. Now, though, that strategy is being tested by this month’s midterm election results, which have halted a couple of the administration’s biggest train projects. Work on a pair of conventional rail lines in the Midwest is...
  • 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...
  • Michigan Should Reject High-Speed Rail Money

    11/17/2010 7:26:32 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2010 | Russ Harding
    Michigan's roads and bridges are crumbling while the federal government is throwing money at states for the purpose of building high-speed rail lines. A week before the elections reported that Congressman John Dingell announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the state $150 million dollars for a high-speed intercity passenger rail program and an additional $3.2 million to pay for project planning. The federal economic stimulus plan includes $8 billion for building nine lines for bullet trains, including one from Detroit to Chicago. Newly elected Republican governors of Ohio and Wisconsin are threatening to end their state's...
  • 'Surplus' Claim Takes Sanity Off the Rails (NM-Richardson's Railroad)

    11/05/2010 5:48:38 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | November 5, 2010 | ABQJournal Editorial Staff
    Only in government can you run almost entirely on taxpayer money, get not one but two emergency infusions, spend all but $250,000-or-so of your handouts, and have the audacity to claim you have a surplus. If that's the track of reasoning the New Mexico Rail Runner really wants to travel, then officials owe New Mexico consumers a refund. Yes, the commuter train's revenues outpaced expenditures by $254,481 for fiscal 2010 ($22,261,918 vs. $22,007,437).But only $2.927 million of that revenue came from the fare box. A big chunk — $11.95 million — came from a regional sales tax for mass transit....
  • Via Rail train kills 3 in Montreal : Victims may have been spraying graffiti, police say

    10/31/2010 9:35:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CBC News ^ | October 31, 2010
    Montreal police Const. Anie Lemieux said the initial investigation suggests the youths may have been spray-painting graffiti. It's believed they had parked their cars near the scene before heading to the tracks. Lemieux said they were in an area where it would have been difficult to hear trains approaching.
  • Wonkett's Lefty Fruhlinger Insults Hobos-Calls Us Bums!

    10/30/2010 2:44:24 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 6 replies · 1+ views
    What a blatant false insult!  Fruhlinger obviously doesn't know the difference between hobos, tramps, and bums!The three are not the same!Hobos are not bums!Bums are not tramps, and tramps aint hobos.Hobos have pride. Once an active Hobo, now a proud "Hobo at Heart".Yes we have the "wander lust" and we love to travel and see this great country of ours from time to time via rail and road. But we work and aint "bums" as Fruhlinger calls us." ...a real hobo will work for his stuff. He's not looking for a free handout. He wants no problem  from anybody, and he'll give no...
  • What’s the best way to modernize our transportation?

    10/27/2010 11:10:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 26, 2010 | The Christian Science Monitor
    With a lagging economy, high unemployment, and aging transportation systems, Americans debate the best ways to invest in their infrastructure and stimulate economic activity – from high-speed rail and congestion pricing, to cutting pork and tapping private capital. High-speed rail is a big part of the answer During the Great Depression, businesses and governments agreed that transportation modernization was essential to restoring prosperity. The 1930s saw the emergence of the freeway (the first one opening in Los Angeles in 1940) and the airport as important modes of transportation. Together with the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, these...
  • Michigan to get $160M for high-speed rail projects (to Detroit)

    10/25/2010 3:07:04 PM PDT · by earlJam · 51 replies · 2+ views
    Detroit Free Press | 10/25/10
    Posted: 4:21 p.m. Oct. 25, 2010 Michigan to get $160M for high-speed rail projects link only
  • Amtrak signals sabotaged between DC and Baltimore?

    10/25/2010 2:24:40 PM PDT · by jeffq73 · 4 replies
    Inside Charm City ^ | 10/25/2010
    While I was getting ready for work this morning, I noticed an email from MTA that MARC Penn Line trains were experiencing delays. The message, sent at 6:04 a.m. said: Penn Line: Due to police activity near Bowie station and New Carrollton trains in both direction may take a delay of 10 to 15 minutes. I took my usual train, the 513 (which expresses from BWI to DC) and noticed things were going a lot slower than usual for parts of the trip prior to that area. Things got really slow as we got near Bowie including a couple of...
  • Swiss build world's longest tunnel

    10/14/2010 5:56:06 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 36 replies
    FOX ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | The Associated Press
    GENEVA – A massive drilling machine called Sissi is about to chew through the last few inches of rock standing in the way of the creation of the world's longest tunnel. The expected completion Friday of the 57-kilometer (35.4-mile) Gotthard Base rail tunnel is being hailed as an environmental triumph as much as an unprecedented engineering feat. The $10 billion tube bores through the Gotthard massif, including the 8200-foot (2,500-meter) Piz Vatgira, along the route to Italy. It's part of a larger project to shift the haulage of goods from roads to rails, spurred mainly by a concern that heavy...
  • Rail network hits buffers as trains fail

    10/11/2010 9:53:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | 09 October 2010
    SCOTLAND'S rail network is set to face a shortage of trains after the biggest order of stock in a generation encountered serious problems during testing, it was reported today. A number of technical hitches has led ScotRail to reject a £200 million fleet of electric trains from German manufacturer Siemens until the issues are resolved
  • Train commuters face rising fares ( UK )

    10/11/2010 9:21:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 October 2010 | Richard Scott
    Commuters face paying hundreds of pounds more for their season tickets, while other travellers face "unlimited" increases, a cross-party Transport Select Committee has warned. Railway insiders also warned of "severe overcrowding" on trains. Billions of pounds must be saved from the transport budget as part of the the 20 October spending review, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond insists. Rail users had to share the burden of dealing with the deficit...The government's transport budget is £15.9bn. One way to help make those cuts would be to increase fares. Angry travellers. "Why should I be paying for a ticket where I can't even...
  • Train crashes into taxi in India, killing 8

    10/11/2010 9:02:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | October 10, 2010 | Harmeet Shah Singh
    The crash occurred Saturday in Bihar state when the three-wheeled taxi, also called an auto-rickshaw, got in the way of a New Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express... as many as 15,993 rail-crossing gates remained unguarded ... India plans to post guards and build subways and underpasses at such locations in the next five years, officials said. The country's rail-safety record is also marred by dozens of wrecks every year.
  • Light Rail & Left Turns ( Minneapolis )

    Imagine that you own a service station that supplies fuel to the surrounding community, and you specialize in automotive repair. You're proud that your reputation for service attracts vintage Corvette owners. You worked hard all of your life, and your shop is your equity for retirement. Your business is entirely dependent on customers who enter via a left turn from Boone Avenue, a low traffic street, because drivers cannot get direct access to you from Highway 55, just south of your business. One fateful day, a traffic engineer decides that the street serving as access to your station is to...
  • The Battle for America 2010: De-Railing Russ Feingold

    10/06/2010 9:59:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 14, 2010 | Gary Wickert
    The Wisconsin Senate race between incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold and Republican challenger Ron Johnson may be, in part, a referendum on the future of high-speed rail in America. The battle over a proposed high-speed rail line that would connect a scant 70 miles between Wisconsin’s two largest cities and be funded by $810 million in federal stimulus money has become symbolic of the political cage match for one of Wisconsin’s Senate seats this November...the fevered debate over high-speed rail in Wisconsin could well determine the outcome of Wisconsin’s Senate battle, which could in turn determine the fate of high-speed rail...
  • ...Amtrak Launching Big Security Initiative This Week... [Operation Railsafe]

    10/06/2010 2:01:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies ^ | October 5, 2010 | Chris White
    "Fact Finder: Amtrak launching big security initiative this week, 'will be noticeable'" October 05, 2010 1:05 PM Chris White SNIPPET: "Amtrak is launching a big security exercise this week that will involve all levels of law enforcement and be noticeable when and where it happens, according to a company spokesman. Though light on the specifics for security reasons, CBS 6 learned from Amtrak Media Relations Director Steve Kulm Tuesday morning about the initiative called Operation RailSafe."
  • Metro loses more than a million riders on bus, rail ( DC )

    10/05/2010 3:17:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 1, 2010 | Markham Heid
    Metrobus ridership plummeted and the number of rail passengers fell well below staff projections during the first month of the agency's new fiscal year -- and the first month of higher fares. Metrobuses transported 11.66 million passengers in July, nearly 1.3 million fewer than during the same month last year. Metro officials had anticipated a much smaller drop, projecting about 200,000 fewer trips. Rail ridership was also down... Beginning in late June, Metro officials raised the cost of all trips for bus and rail passengers. The fare increases included a 25- to 35-cent increase for bus riders, depending on payment...
  • Commuters hit by Tube strike in the UK

    10/04/2010 7:33:49 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AFP ^ | October 05, 2010
    MILLIONS of commuters in London endured a grim journey to work today after staff on the Underground train network walked out for the second time in a month, sparking calls for tougher strike laws. People were forced to walk or cycle in heavy rain, squeeze on to packed buses or brave heavy traffic by driving as only 30 per cent of the Tube trains were running in the morning rush hour, according to operator London Underground. The strike follows a walkout in early September as part of a dispute between trade unions and London Underground managers over the planned axing...
  • Indonesian train crash kills 43

    10/02/2010 11:17:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    ap ^ | October 02, 2010
    A TRAIN crash in central Indonesia today killed at least 43 people and injured dozens, many of them critically... The toll was expected to rise with some bodies still trapped in the mangled wreckage. Meanwhile, another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo at about 4am, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan, adding data was still being collected about casualties.
  • High Speed Rail Questions [Hartford, CT-Springflield, MA]

    09/26/2010 12:53:20 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 17 replies ^ | 9/0/10 | Len Suzio
    Home » High Speed Rail Questions Much has been written about the $1 billion high speed rail line between New Haven and Springfield but little has been said about the details. Before the State and Federal governments spend upwards of $1 billion it seems to me some questions should be answered: What are the calculated quantitative economic benefits to be derived from the project and how were they determined? (Cost/benefit analysis)How was it determined that the New Haven / Springfield line would be used by 4,000 commuter cars daily? (has there been a marketing study or survey to confirm...
  • Ohio releases faster passenger train schedule

    09/24/2010 9:11:15 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 68 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Friday, September 24, 2010 | MATT LEINGANG, The Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new analysis says trains running on Ohio's passenger rail project are capable of completing the entire Cleveland-to-Cincinnati route in just over 5 hours, about 90 minutes faster than a previous estimate. State transportation officials say the new schedule is based a more detailed computer study of trains on the 255-mile route and would make the service more competitive with driving. Stops are planned in Dayton, Riverside and Springfield, as well as Sharonville and Cincinnati.