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  • Motorway maximus: Unearthed, a stunning Roman super-highway built 1,900 years ago

    02/09/2011 12:56:37 AM PST · by Islander7 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Daily mail ^ | Feb 7, 2011 | reporter
    * The 15ft-high road ran from London to Exeter It was a route once trod by legionnaires as they marched across a conquered land. But, eventually, the Romans left Britain and the magnificent highway they created was reclaimed by nature and seemingly lost for ever. Now, some 2,000 years after it was built, it has been uncovered in the depths of a forest in Dorset. And, remarkably, it shows no sign of the potholes that blight our modern roads.
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary: I Told My Daughter to Buy Japanese Car

    02/09/2011 4:11:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/9/11 | Penny Starr
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today that he told his daughter to buy a Japanese car--a Toyota Sienna--and that she did so. LaHood's comment came as he announced the results of a 10-month long Department of Transportation study that was undertaken to determine whether electronic systems could have been responsible for reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The study determined that this was not the case. LaHood's statement that
  • Diana Furchtgott-Roth: End the highway trust fund

    01/07/2011 6:17:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 6, 2011 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Imagine if the government taxed you for food, then gave you the money back for groceries and told you what you had to buy, and where you could buy it. That's what the government is doing to states with transportation spending, and the new 112th Congress should restore sanity by returning fuel taxation and highway spending to the states. Congress levies taxes of 18 cents for gasoline and 24 cents for diesel, puts the revenue into the Highway Trust Fund, then returns it to the states to spend on transportation. States in the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains,...
  • Arlington chamber wants county to end HOT lanes lawsuit (HOT Lanes are raaaaacist, contd.)

    12/28/2010 1:33:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 27, 2010 | Ben Giles
    The Arlington Chamber of Commerce wants to see a speedy end to the county's HOT lanes lawsuit, arguing that the cost of suing to stop the construction of high-occupancy toll lanes is damaging the county's reputation and hurting efforts to improve transportation on busy interstates. Chamber President Rich Doud said the lawsuit could undermine efforts to relieve traffic congestion in Arlington, damage the county's relationship with the private sector and drive up the HOT lanes project's cost as the lawsuit drags on. The chamber includes ending the lawsuit on its list of public policy priorities for 2011. The county spent...
  • Pregnant Teen Attacked by Strangers on Packed Seattle Bus

    12/17/2010 10:51:10 AM PST · by Wile E Coyote Genius · 92 replies · 3+ views
    A busload of people did nothing to stop a pack of teen girls from beating a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend despite pleas from the victims that she was carrying a baby. The behavior was caught on the bus' surveillance camera and later helped police in Seattle locate the five attackers. "I'm shocked," said Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff's Department. "The video is shocking to look at. "The ferocity, the intensity, the unprovoked nature" is shocking, he said. "But what shocks me most is that these girls thought they could do this on a crowded bus with...
  • Transportation union has Delta squarely in its sights

    12/13/2010 6:02:02 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/13/2010 | John Rossomando
    A rule change made by the Obama administration last May aimed at making it easier to unionize has put Delta Airlines squarely in union sights. The new rule approved by the National Mediation Board — the body responsible for ruling on labor issues in the transportation industry — makes it easier to organize by allowing a simple majority of those voting in a union election to decide its outcome. The board approved the new rule following a Sept. 2009 letter from the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department asking the board to make it easier for transportation unions to win elections. The...
  • Department of Transportation new rules will make cars more expensive

    12/07/2010 9:36:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 2+ views
    daily caller ^ | 12/7/10 | Jeff Winkler
    Thought that new car was expensive now? Wait till the Department of Transportation implements its latest plan to protect Americans from themselves. Last week, the department announced regulations that would require all new vehicles to install video cameras on their back bumpers. The idea is to make backing up safer, and its not optional. To meet the requirements of the proposed rule, reads a DOT release, 10 percent of new vehicles must comply by Sept. 2012, 40 percent by Sept. 2013 and 100 percent by Sept. 2014. Three years ago, Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, named...
  • Africa Can Feed Itself in a Generation, Experts Say

    12/07/2010 8:58:43 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 3,2010 | Calestous Juma,
    Africa can feed itself. And it can make the transition from hungry importer to self-sufficiency in a single generation.The startling assertions, in stark contrast with entrenched, gloomy perceptions of the continent, highlight a collection of studies published December 2 that present a clear prescription for transforming Sub-Saharan Africa's agriculture and, by doing so, its economy. The strategy calls on governments to make African agricultural expansion central to decision making about everything from transportation and communication infrastructure to post-secondary education and innovation investment.
  • Where should rejected high-speed rail funds go?

    11/20/2010 10:34:04 AM PST · by gitmo · 24 replies
    SmartPlanet ^ | Nov 17, 2010 | Melissa Mahony
    The Obama Administrations decision to award $10 billion to high-speed rail projects across the U.S. has fueled debate over the worthiness of some of the projects. Some governors and state representatives have rejected the proposed railways within their borders as too expensive or ill-conceived. But they are stuck with the money. As of now, allocating the funds to other infrastructure or transportation endeavors is not allowed. This hasnt stopped state leaders from offering thoughts of where the money might be better suited. Not keen on a Tampa-Orlanda high-speed railway, Florida Congressman John Mica (R) told the Associated Press recently he...
  • After raising the idea, Department of Transportation says its not interested in cell phone jamming

    11/18/2010 10:07:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    daily caller ^ | 11/181/10 | Jeff Winkler
    If education and awareness dont work, the Department of Transportation Secretary has some other interesting ideas on how to lower the number of distracted drivers careening down the pavement. It seems people still havent gotten the voicemail about the dangers of cell phone use in cars and if the trend continues, the Department of Transportation may have to do something about it like forcibly disabling your Blackberry. While Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stressed personal responsibility in a recent TV appearance, the Secretary said the department was looking into other technological possibilities.
  • Confusion leads to heavy toll fines

    11/16/2010 10:15:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 16, 2010 | Doug Shupe
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - KXAN Austin News has uncovered dozens of cases in which unpaid tolls have turned into bills as high as tens of thousands of dollars. Toll roads first came to Central Texas four years ago. There are now a total of five tollways, including Texas Toll 130 in East Travis and Williamson counties. The bottom line is the toll bills were not paid, and they ended up becoming criminal cases. Although drivers can pay with cash at most tolls, use their TxTag or Pay by Mail as the signs say, some drivers contend the last option poses a...
  • Navy Beats Army

    11/12/2010 8:42:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/12/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After over a century of squabbling, the U.S. Army, under pressure from the Department of Defense, is surrendering the last of its fleet to the U.S. Navy. The army still has 119 ships, manned by 2,300 soldiers and civilians. While six of them are large amphibious landing ships, most are tugboats and barges for work in or near ports. The army isn't new to owning its own transports. Back during World War II, the U.S. Army actually had a larger fleet (but only 1,225 seagoing ships), than the U.S. Navy, but one that was almost entirely support vessels. The navy...
  • 'Progressive' Is a Funny Name for Poverty!

    11/04/2010 1:36:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 04, 2010 | Jack Curtis
    The slogans of Big Brother's ruling party in George Orwell's 1984 included Love is Hate and War is Peace. Today's leftists unwinding the country back to pre-constitutional poverty call themselves Progressives. They are truly Regressives, but perhaps truth is too hard for politicians. The original thirteen colonies encouraged using free-standing timber for energy to promote development; later governments promoted coal, then oil and hydroelectric power for the same reasons. That, along with promoting roads and railroads, provided for the industrialization of North America, the process that produced American wealth. Our Progressives despise all that. The Progressives are reducing energy use...
  • Governor-elect Walker targets high-speed rail, road projects

    11/03/2010 11:24:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee) ^ | Novermber 3, 2010 | Marie Rohde
    Gov.-elect Scott Walker, hoarse from his election night celebration, was optimistic on Wednesday that Wisconsins high-speed rail project could be stopped and that highway construction projects will move forward under his administration. Just days before the election, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal committing the state to spending all $810 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for the state to use on the Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail line. While at first blush it would seem the signed commitments would end the discussion, Walker said that may not be the case. I believe there are a couple of legal options...
  • Whats 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...
  • California bullet train agency can't document details of officials' foreign trips

    10/26/2010 12:29:00 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 24, 2010 | Rich Connell
    Officials directing the California High-Speed Rail Authority have taken a series of overseas trips paid for by foreign governments jockeying to help their homeland firms win contracts on the multibillion-dollar project. And the rail agency has been unable to document the costs, sponsors or other details of the trips as generally required by state ethics regulations.
  • Obama touts $50 billion transportation proposal

    10/11/2010 8:39:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/11/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is pushing a $50 billion plan to upgrade the nation's transportation networks and create jobs, bringing governors and mayors to the White House to help him make the case. Obama said Monday that clogged roads and crumbling infrastructure are costing American lives, eroding productivity and hindering economic growth. He spoke from the Rose Garden after meeting with state and local officials and Cabinet officials, who stood behind him for his comments.
  • High-speed rail: If they dont want it, we do

    10/10/2010 5:38:21 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 208 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 10, 2010 | Globe Editorial
    If politicians in states such as California, Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin cant stomach the idea of a high-speed rail system, the Obama administration should redirect billions of federal dollars to where they belonged in the first place: the busy Northeastern corridor, where population density and public appreciation for train travel both run high. When the administration handed out $8 billion in rail grants, New England came up mostly short, landing a mere 2 percent of the money. Yet many of the big winners in this competition hardly seem grateful. As The New York Times reported last week, Republican candidates for...
  • LaHood Takes Driver's Seat to Curb Dashboard 'Distractions' (More from the nanny state)

    09/22/2010 9:34:03 PM PDT · by Terrence DoGood · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 September, 2010 | Judson Berger
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned this week that the auto industry is not doing enough to keep drivers from fiddling with flashy media features, opening up a new debate over how far the government should go in regulating electronic auto goodies. A wave of built-in auto technology is starting to hit the market -- the kind of developments that consumers demand in an iPhone world but also pose potential distractions.
  • Democrat says Republicans playing politics with train proposal

    09/22/2010 8:15:09 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 22 replies
    HudsonHubTimes ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Marc Kovac
    Columbus -- A Democratic state lawmaker criticized Republicans in the Ohio Senate Monday for playing politics with a plan to establish passenger rail service between the state's largest cities. Rep. Bob Hagan, from Youngstown, said many of the same GOP lawmakers who now are opposing the so-called 3C effort voted in favor of a resolution four years ago that urged federal support for passenger rail service in the state. "I do think that it's absolutely ridiculous for them to phrase their opposition as if they're looking at trying to be fiscally responsible when just four years ago ... they were...
  • $98M Illinois high-speed rail project breaks ground

    09/17/2010 1:48:04 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 30 replies
    St. Louis Business Journal ^ | Friday, September 17, 2010 | Kelsey Volkmann
    A $98 million stimulus-funded project has kicked off to upgrade the 90 miles of Union Pacific railroad track between Alton and Lincoln in preparation for high-speed rail service in Illinois. This initial phase will create about 900 direct and indirect jobs, and represents the first high-speed rail upgrades in the nation, Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday. In total, developing the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor is expected to create and retain about 24,000 direct and indirect Illinois jobs, he said. When the corridor is completed, travelers will be able to travel at speeds up to 110 miles per hour and...
  • Group ponders bringing passenger trains back to Bethel

    09/17/2010 9:48:15 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 9 replies
    Sun-Rail ^ | Friday, September 17, 2010 | Alison Aloisio
    BETHEL Fifty years to the week after passenger rail service ended in Bethel, people who want to see it return gathered at the Bethel Inn to discuss how to make that happen. They predicted that European tourists, skiers, local retirees and businesspeople, as well as residents from all over western Maine would ride the rails on a Portland-to-Montreal route like the one which once ran through Bethel. About 70 people turned out for the Sept. 9 meeting, which was both a presentation and input session and was coordinated by the Maine Department of Transportation. As plans progress for expanding...
  • Key US Senator: Congress Must Bring Down Railroad Rates

    09/15/2010 2:59:19 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 23 replies
    FOXBusiness ^ | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee chairman Wednesday accused freight railroads of increasingly charging excessive rates for the shipment of goods and indicated he would renew a push for legislation to re-regulate the industry. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.), frustrated by the industry's lobbying against a bill that would give new powers to regulators to police prices, released a report showing the four major freight railroads registered a nearly 13% profit margin over the past decade. Meanwhile, the companies have increased shipping rates an average of 5% annually, above inflation, since 2004, the report states. Rockefeller, speaking at...
  • Dem Candidates Tepid on Obama Transit Plan (His Own Party Rejecting his Leadership)

    09/08/2010 10:01:53 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 3 replies
    Amid a growing consensus that their chances for retaining control of the House of Representatives have waned in recent weeks, Democratic Congressional candidates appear less than thrilled about the timing of President Obama's proposed $50 billion plan to jumpstart transportation infrastructure projects. The plan, which Obama announced in Milwaukee on Labor Day, would attempt to stimulate the still faltering economy with $50 billion in federal funds that would be targeted to spur job growth through upgrades in the nation's transportation system. But Congressional Democrats have already said that it is unlikely that the House will take up the measure before...
  • Its the summer of highway traffic jam hell in China

    09/07/2010 12:17:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | September 6, 2010 | Bill Schiller
    HUAIAN COUNTY, CHINASo you think struggling home from Ontarios cottage country was tough? Think again. And consider, if you will, the case of Chinese trucker Pang Laisuo. On Sunday his coal-laden transport truck was caught in a traffic jam near here, about 240 kilometres north of Beijing. Pang knew hed have something of a wait. What he didnt know was that it would last 18 hours. Everyone who pulled up at 4 oclock Sunday afternoon ended up being stuck there until 10 oclock Monday morning, says Pang, a lean and grizzled man in his 50s speaking at a roadside stop...
  • U.S. Plays Catch-Up on High-Speed Rail

    09/05/2010 12:29:40 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 53 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sunday, September 5, 2010 | KATE GALBRAITH
    AUSTIN, TEXAS Spanish trains whisk passengers from Madrid to Barcelona in little more than two and one-half hours. Japan has bullet trains. China is building a vast network of high-speed rail routes, including the recently opened line between Guangzhou and Wuhan, which covers 1,070 kilometers at the worlds fastest average speed. Soon, perhaps, the United States, with the worlds largest economy will also clamber on board. So far, the United States in spite of or perhaps because of its vast size has virtually no fast trains capable of moving swiftly enough over a long distance to compete...
  • High-speed opportunity

    09/02/2010 1:07:01 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies
    Watertown Daily Times ^ | Thursday, September 02, 2010 | Adam Tobias
    Watertown Mayor Ron Krueger didn't get to weigh in on the federal government's plan to bolster high-speed passenger rail service throughout the county, nor was he asked to give any input on the state's decision to accept the $810 million in stimulus funds for the project. But since the project is moving full speed ahead, Krueger says it's vital for Watertown to have the train stop in the city. The common council and myself are not going to get into the debate about whether the federal government should be spending $8 billion on developing and starting a better passenger rail...
  • Wisconsins GOP misses the train

    08/31/2010 4:11:32 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 99 replies
    The UWM Post ^ | Tuesday, August 31, 2010 | Brian Holmes
    With the gubernatorial election looming, the candidates are sparring over their many differences. One of the main issues that has evolved over the past month between two candidates, Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, has been the proposed high-speed rail service. This would connect the already-existing Chicago-to-Milwaukee route with Madison and, eventually, the Twin Cities. Walker is concerned about the price tag and feels that the money would be better spent on infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. Barrett feels that high-speed rail is the future, and he is right. With booming population growth, it is mystifying...
  • ODOT seeks New Federal Funds for Transportation Projects of the Future

    08/25/2010 7:06:28 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 15 replies ^ | Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | Press Release
    COLUMBUS - Electric cars, a new runway for landing futuristic aerospace equipment, and access to new jobs along the Ohio River - those are three of the 12 projects the Ohio Department of Transportation ( ODOT ) is hoping will receive funding through a new stream of federal transportation dollars. ODOT is seeking a share of $600 million in new federal funds appropriated by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its TIGER II Discretionary Grants program. This new federal funding is similar to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery - or TIGER grants - authorized under the Recovery Act. This...
  • All aboard for the North End Niagara rail station

    08/25/2010 5:40:41 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies
    Niagara Gazette ^ | Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | Mark Scheer
    NIAGARA FALLS A North End train station project more than two decades in the making officially moved into the first phase of construction on Tuesday. Local officials gathered outside the historic U.S. Customhouse near the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge Plaza to break ground on a new Amtrak passenger rail facility and Underground Railroad interpretive center to be built on the site. After roughly 25 years of planning, questions about financing and delays in the processing of paperwork, long-time supporters of the project celebrated what they hailed as a key piece in the continued redevelopment of North Main Street and a...
  • State speeds train spending - $300 million in contracts projected this year

    08/24/2010 6:15:37 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 44 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | Tuesday, August 24, 2010 | Jason Stein and Patrick Marley
    State speeds train spending $300 million in contracts projected this year, far above $50 million announced earlierMadison The state is steaming ahead with establishing a federal high-speed rail line, projecting it will commit $300 million this year - far more than the roughly $50 million in spending previously announced. The project's price tag isn't changing. Instead, Gov. Jim Doyle's administration is hustling to move forward with the planned passenger rail line between Milwaukee and Madison, which Republicans say is an attempt to make it harder for the next governor to cancel. GOP gubernatorial candidates Scott Walker and Mark Neumann...
  • Train ridership between Vancouver and Seattle exceeding expectations

    08/20/2010 11:44:18 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies
    Business in Vancouver ^ | Friday, August 20, 2010
    A second Amtrak Cascades train between Vancouver and Seattle has exceeded ridership expectations in its pilot year and government and local tourism groups hope that bodes well for the future of the service. More than 221,000 people have taken the second, evening train to Vancouver since the service began last August. It had a record month in July with nearly 25,000 passengers. Ridership on the morning train has also increased 21% in the past year.The second train has definitely increased ridership overall, said Candice Gibson, manager of consumer marketing for Tourism Vancouver. Its an invaluable option for visitors to come...
  • Officials see growing need for rail investment - East Texas gathering focuses on state plan

    08/20/2010 7:42:46 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 38 replies
    Longview News-Journal ^ | Friday, August 20, 2010 | Jimmy Isaac
    TYLER Bill Glavin joined Texas Department of Transportation eight months ago as its appointed Rail Division director. And as Longview rail advocate Natalie Rabicoff said when Glavin was introduced in Tyler on Thursday, "He's been moving the whole time." Since his December 2009 appointment, the rail industry consultant has brought much-wanted energy to a state agency racing to complete a finished state rail plan. Glavin and other TxDOT officials from Austin visited East Texas on Thursday, stopping in Tyler for the 10th and final public briefing on the plan. Officials hope to present a finished copy of the 250-page...
  • Transportation Becomes Key Issue In Race For Gov. (MD)

    08/17/2010 8:40:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | August 17, 2010 | Mike Hellgren
    Governor Martin O'Malley says Maryland has to "dial up mass transit." His opponent, Bob Ehrlich, says there needs to be a better mix of road and mass transit projects and has been sharply critical of problems on MARC trains. Mike Hellgren takes a closer look at transportation and why it's creating a politically charged controversy. Governor O'Malley says Maryland just doesn't have more room for new road projects, although some are underway, including the Intercounty Connector. His push for mass transit includes the red line in Baltimore and purple line in the DC suburbs. At the center of the debate:...
  • All aboard!

    08/15/2010 5:34:39 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 81 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sunday, August 15, 2010 | Editorial
    Conventional wisdom may say otherwise, but the recession is a good time to start spending the billions of dollars it will take to make high-speed rail travel a reality in this country. The benefits of that economic stimulus could not be denied. Don't we already have high-speed rail lines, you might ask. And the answer is no, not really, as staff writer Paul Nussbaum pointed out in a four-part series of articles that ran last week in The Inquirer. While Amtrak's fastest train, the Acela Express, chugs along at about 70 miles per hour, Spain's AVE Train cruises at 186...
  • Would you ride a high speed train from Atlanta to Nashville or Chicago?

    08/11/2010 10:52:32 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 79 replies · 1+ views
    The Newnan Times-Herald ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | editorial
    Would you like to board a high-speed train in Atlanta and travel north to Nashville? Or even farther north to Chicago? Or how about Atlanta to Florida by high-speed rail? Such travel may be available in the future, although we have not heard of any timetable. What we have heard this week is that Georgia and Tennessee are applying for a $34 million federal grant to continue the development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Nashville. The Georgia DOT said the money would help speed development of the train system. The money would come from the Federal Railroad Administration...
  • Texas eyes a piece of the high-speed-rail pie

    08/11/2010 7:06:43 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 15 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | Gordon Dickson
    IRVING -- The clock is ticking for Texas to get a share of the more than $50 billion for high-speed rail that Congress is expected to approve for the next five to seven years."You've got to have it coming out of Texas government leadership," Rod Diridon, a California High-Speed Rail Authority board member, said Tuesday during a break at the Transportation and Infrastructure Summit in Irving. "Someone at the state level has to come up and say, 'I want this to happen.'"While Texas lags in developing passenger trains that may travel 220 mph, high-speed rail was the big talk at...
  • Penn students, Amtrak offer contrasting plans for Northeast Corridor rail service

    08/11/2010 4:00:53 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 89 replies · 2+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | Paul Nussbaum
    Last of four parts.A class of graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania has created a plan to rebuild the Northeast Corridor as a true high-speed rail line that would transport passengers from Philadelphia to New York City in 37 minutes.Amtrak, on the other hand, has a less ambitious view of the future for the nation's busiest rail corridor. Its new master plan calls for spending $52 billion by 2030 to cut travel time by about 20 minutes between New York and Washington and between New York and Boston. It envisions reducing travel time between New York and Philadelphia by...
  • 10 corridors targeted for high-speed rail

    08/09/2010 2:53:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Monday, August 9, 2010 | Paul Nussbaum
    The federal government, since 1991, has designated 10 corridors for high-speed rail development, including the Philadelphia-to-Pittsburgh "Keystone Corridor."Those "designated corridors" don't include the most heavily traveled one, the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston.Most of the corridor plans involve incremental steps to speed up existing service, rather than installation of true high-speed service with trains traveling at more than 155 m.p.h.That's much cheaper, allowing passenger trains to share tracks with freight and commuter trains. But it does not allow for the full advantages European or Japanese-style high-speed rail offer, such as dramatic travel-time savings that can make trains competitive with...
  • Cost the highest hurdle for high-speed rail in U.S.

    08/09/2010 8:33:38 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Monday, August 9, 2010 | Paul Nussbaum
    Fast Track: Is America ready for high-speed rail?Second of four parts. As the United States takes its first tentative steps toward high-speed rail travel, the initial hurdle is the biggest: money.In the past, the nation's enthusiasm for fast trains has always evaporated when sticker shock set in. Political support has been inconsistent and ephemeral, leaving previous efforts to die amid debates over ridership, land acquisition, and cost - especially cost.This time, politicians and railroaders believe the momentum is greater than ever to actually build and operate high-speed lines in the United States.They compare planned U.S. rail projects to the transformational...
  • Gasoline from Thin Air? Ancient microorganism that helps plants grow could power cars in the future

    08/06/2010 10:49:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Discovery News ^ | August 5, 2010 | Eric Bland
    An enzyme found in the roots of soybeans could be the key to cars that run on air. Vanadium nitrogenase, an enzyme that normally produces ammonia from nitrogen gas, can also convert carbon monoxide (CO), a common industrial byproduct, into propane, the blue-flamed gas found on stoves across America. While scientists caution the research is still at an early stage, they say that this study could eventually lead to new, environmentally friendly ways to produce fuel -- and eventually gasoline -- from thin air. "This organism is a very common soil bacteria that is very well understood and has been...
  • New England states pursue joint plan to revamp rail system

    07/31/2010 6:34:56 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Brattleboro Reformer ^ | Saturday July 31, 2010 | CHRIS GAROFOLO
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A 20-year transportation proposal to renovate more than 500 miles of passenger rail throughout New England is anticipated to increase speed between stations while unclogging some of the regions congested highways. The ambitious project, running through Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, is designed to improve connection times and spark economic growth throughout the Northeast. Transportation officials from the three states have coordinated a regional vision to connect major cities and airports, including Bradley International in Windsor Locks in the hopes of doubling passenger rail ridership by 2030. Vermont would receive a boost in its already expanding ridership on...
  • Terry Jeffrey: Obama's transportation goal: coercing people out of cars

    07/29/2010 9:13:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/29/10 | Terry Jeffrey
    Liberals love Ray LaHood because he is the type of Republican who wants government to control more of American life. When President Obama named him secretary of transportation, it was not so much an act of bipartisanship as an expression of ideological solidarity. About a month into his tenure, LaHood told the Associated Press that the administration should consider taxing people for every mile they drive their car, a system that would require tracking people's movements. "We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled," he said. "What...
  • Freeze lifted on funding for Union Station

    07/28/2010 7:08:30 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 1+ views
    The Republican ^ | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | PETER GOONAN
    SPRINGFIELD - The Federal Transit Administration has lifted a freeze on funding for the Union Station project, ruling that the Springfield Redevelopment Authority has satisfied requirements to become the "direct recipient" of grant money. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said this week that the letter of approval from the federal agency is a milestone that will help advance plans for a $71 million intermodal transportation project. Union Station, built in 1926, has stood dormant since it was closed as a railroad station in 1973. "I think it signals the re-set for Union Station," Neal said. "We have been assured...
  • TxDOT chiefs to discuss rail plan, federal grant, falling revenues: Will Tower 55 be top priority?

    07/28/2010 6:04:04 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 3+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | Michael Lindenberger
    We all know the state highway department has been called the Texas Department of Transportation for eons, but admit it -- when you think of TxDOT you think of highways, right? Well that is supposed to be changing, ever so slowly. Under some pressure by the Legislature, TxDOT created a brand-new rail division and appointed its first-ever rail director. That chap, his name is Bill Glavin, has traipsed across the state asking voters what they have in mind, and is now just about finished with the Texas's first official statewide rail plan. Wednesday afternoon, the Texas highway chiefs will gather...
  • Survey: Most Californians back bullet train

    07/27/2010 2:01:13 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies
    San Francisco Business Times ^ | Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | Eric Young
    A majority of Californians support the high-speed train project, with more than three-quarters saying they would like the project to be built, according to a survey commissioned by the projects planners. Some 76 percent of Californians indicated support for the project, with 34 percent saying they would like to see the project move forward as quickly as possible, according to the surveys findings released Tuesday. Forty-two percent said they would like to see the high-speed trains built despite some concerns over cost and timing and 13 percent were opposed to the project. Californians are telling us loudly and clearly that...
  • Chicago Getting Congestion Relief

    07/26/2010 1:09:09 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Occupational Health Safety ^ | Monday, July 26, 2010 | ???
    In February, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $100 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for projects to help reduce rail bottlenecks in the Chicago region. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation finalized a grant agreement for the CREATE (Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency) program to begin work on those projects.LaHood said freight congestion mitigation projects include new traffic control systems, track and bridge work, a highway-rail grade separation, and safety improvements on various rail viaducts.About 25 percent of rail traffic in the United States travels through the Chicago...
  • Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Bad

    07/23/2010 11:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies · 4+ views ^ | June 3, 2010 | D. Dowd Muska
    There is something profoundly wrong with a nation where more adults ride bicycles than children. America might now be such a nation. While kids sit at home texting their friends and slaying computer-generated monsters, a growing number of their parents and grandparents are clogging the roads atop a contraption that was once considered a childs toy. We will have accurate data when the 2010 census is complete, but there are already strong indications of bicyclings rise in popularity. Fortunately for red-state America, the phenomenon is more common in urbanized regions along the coasts. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia recently...
  • High-speed train would create equivalent of 50,000 one-year construction jobs

    07/23/2010 6:46:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, July 23, 2010 | Richard N. Velotta
    Most permanent jobs would be based in Victorville, Calif.When the DesertXpress high-speed train is built, there would be up to 700 permanent jobs at an operations and maintenance facility in Victorville, Calif. Tom Stone, president of DesertXpress Enterprises LLC, told representatives of the Associated General Contractors at a lunch Thursday that building the privately funded, $4 billion traditional high-speed rail system would create 50,000 person-year construction jobs over the four-year design and construction period expected to begin late this year. Translated, 50,000 person-year jobs is the equivalent of 50,000 people working for a full year. The statistic illustrates the...
  • 6 dead in California Greyhound bus crash

    07/22/2010 9:02:44 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Newser ^ | Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Associated Press
    6 dead, many hurt when Greyhound bus crashes in California's Central ValleyA Greyhound bus carrying 47 people and traveling to Sacramento from Los Angeles crashed on a highway in California's Central Valley on Thursday, killing six and injuring many others. California Highway Patrol Officer Michelle Sigmond said the bus driver swerved to avoid another crash involving an overturned minivan and slammed into a concrete center divider and then hit another vehicle and a tree at about 2 a.m. just outside downtown Fresno. In addition to the six dead, several people were hurt with injuries that ranged from critical to bruises...