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  • China's BULLET Train Pile-up: FAR Graver than Admitted

    08/03/2011 5:30:32 PM PDT · by gaijin · 54 replies
    HighlyPlacedInsuranceCompanyExec ^ | Aug. 3rd, 2011 | JASDF officer
    This is a very sketchy report from a source that prefers to remain anonymous: According to an insurance company with operations in China, China's high-speed train accident resulted in 259 people dead, 183 injured, and 154 still missing. The numbers are set to increase, according to this insurance company.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Tax Hikes

    07/21/2011 6:01:31 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies
    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Ronald Utt and Emily Goff
    Some national business leaders are outright opposing measures of fiscal responsibility. Fortunately, fiscal conservatives in Congress are fighting back. Case in point: reaction to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) Chairman John Mica’s (R–FL) proposed six-year reauthorization bill, which limits transportation spending to the federal fuel tax revenues flowing into the trust fund. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s reaction was to label the proposal “unacceptable.” Apparently in their view, the proposal doesn’t spend enough money on the business community. Chairman Mica quickly responded to the president of the Chamber on July 13, calling the reaction “most disappointing and a potential...
  • State Taxpayers May Eat $1.6 Million Loan for Defunct Green Bus Company

    06/21/2011 12:38:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2011 | Tom Gantert
    In September of 2009, Fisher Coachworks was mentioned in a press release from Gov. Jennifer Granholm as a “green technology” company that was part of the “new energy economy for Michigan.” Two years later, the state says Fisher Coachworks is out of business and the state has to write off $1.6 million it loaned the electric bus manufacturing company. Edgar Benning, general manager of Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority, said in an email that Fisher Coachworks went out of business in the development phase of making two $1.1 million electric buses that Flint was going to purchase with grants from the...
  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • Opinion: Rethink the ‘Just-in-Time’ Delivery System

    05/23/2011 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 23 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | May 23, 2011 | Julian Keeling
    Fewer than five months into 2011, New Zealand and Japan have been slammed by powerful earthquakes that in Japan’s case also led to a killer tsunami and potentially deadly damage to a nuclear power plant. Turmoil has erupted in the Middle East with seemingly solid regimes falling and civil war breaking out, while the United States and Europe have experienced unusually cold winters. There has been “slow steaming” on the world’s shipping lanes, all-freighter flights have been reduced or eliminated, and the shortage of qualified truck drivers is back, partly in reaction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new...
  • Senate votes to drive final stake through Trans Texas Corridor

    05/22/2011 7:35:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 21, 2011 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN — The ceremony was brief and drew few mourners, but the Trans Texas Corridor is finally dead. The Senate unanimously passed a bill that strikes from state law any language, reference and authority once connected to the massive highway envisioned to slice a swath through Texas. The same measure already has passed the House. There are some minor differences that still need to be reconciled, but the bill is expected to go to Gov. Rick Perry, who will have to decide whether to join in the final rites for his once-prized project. Legislators did keep a provision that was...
  • Another Too-Fat-To-Fly Controversy Hits Southwest Airlines

    05/19/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 85 replies · 5+ views
    CBSNew ^ | 05/18/11 | CBSNew York Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Southwest Airlines has apologized to a mother and daughter who said they got rough treatment at the airport. Kenlie Tiggeman, a 30-year-old political strategist and weight loss blogger in New York City, said it was humiliating, being told she was too fat to fly, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery. “It was rude. It was in front of lots of people,” said Tiggeman, who’s originally from New Orleans. Tiggeman said the incident happened in Dallas over Easter. She and her mother were told by a gate agent they each had to purchase two seats. “And said that...
  • Police stop train after complaints about passenger talking on phone

    05/16/2011 7:17:01 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 46 replies
    SalemKatu ^ | May 15, 2011 | John Tierney
    SALEM, Ore. - Salem Police stopped an Amtrak train on Sunday afternoon after reports a woman threatened other passengers when they complained she was speaking too loudly on her cell phone. Lakeysha Beard of Tigard was charged with disorderly conduct after police said she got into a “verbal altercation” with passengers on the train. The other passengers complained she refused to put down her cell phone, even after train staff made repeated announcements for passengers to not use cell phones, according to police. When a passenger confronted her about her loud talking, police said Beard got aggressive. She had reportedly...
  • Trains In Vain

    05/09/2011 7:31:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 9, 2011 | Staff
    Subsidies: This week, Amtrak marks its 40th anniversary, which means that for decades it's wasted tens of billions of tax dollars. Naturally, Washington wants to reward this with billions more under the guise of "high-speed" rail. To say that Amtrak is a failed business is to be unkind to failure. Consider: • A Pew study found that all but three of Amtrak's 44 lines lost money in 2008, with an average loss of $32 per passenger. Even the heavily used Northeast Regional line was a money-loser. • Each year, Amtrak relies on more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer subsidies —...
  • Sen. Schumer proposes 'no-ride list' for Amtrak trains

    05/08/2011 7:39:15 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 47 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 5/8/2011 | N/A
    A senator on Sunday called for a "no-ride list" for Amtrak trains after intelligence gleaned from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound pointed to potential attacks on the nation's train system. Sen. Charles Schumer said he would push as well for added funding for rail security and commuter and passenger train track inspections and more monitoring of stations nationwide. "Circumstances demand we make adjustments by increasing funding to enhance rail safety and monitoring on commuter rail transit and screening who gets on Amtrak passenger trains, so that we can provide a greater level of security to the public," the...
  • President Vows to Investigate High Gas Prices

    04/24/2011 1:21:05 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 23 April 2011 | John Semmens
    While contending that “high gas prices are, on balance, good forAmerica,” President Obama vowed he would have his people “look into the matter to ensure that any wrongdoing is punished.” “If having to pay more to fill up the SUV encourages a driver to switch to public transit, that’s a good thing,” the President argued. “The fewer cars there are on the road, the cleaner our air is going to be. Who could be against cleaner air?” “But trying to profit from higher prices, well, that’s something entirely different,” Obama added. “Profit comes from charging prices in excess of costs....
  • Higher Gas Prices Save Lives

    04/18/2011 10:24:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 17 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 16 April 2011 | John Semmens
    Revelation that highway fatalities decrease by 2.3% for every 10 cent per gallon increase in the price of fuel has US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood fired up. “For all the carping I have to listen to over high gas prices I’m happy to be able to point to a silver lining,” boasted a bubbly LaHood. “Driving their own cars is the most dangerous thing most people do. The more we can discourage this, the more lives we can save. Based on this latest study it looks like if we can get the price of gasoline up to around $9...
  • Galveston port poised to outsource its operations (Li Ka-shing's first U.S. toehold)

    03/05/2011 2:48:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 4, 2011 | Harvey Rice
    GALVESTON — The Port of Galveston is in final negotiations to lease its facilities to a major investment group, which could make it the first U.S. port to turn over its entire operation to the private sector. Several U.S. ports lease terminal operations to private operators, but "in this case it is the entire port structure, which is really a unique opportunity," said economist John Martin, who heads Martin Associates, based in Lancaster, Pa. Martin Associates had done work for every U.S. port and did the economic study for the proposed lease, a 50/50 joint venture of global investment firm...
  • How your lawmakers voted (Money appropriated for "Bridge to Nowhere")

    03/04/2011 11:16:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 4, 2011 | The Chicago Sun-Times
    In the week of March 7, the House will take up bills addressing the U.S. housing crisis, while the Senate will resume debate on reforming U.S. procedures for awarding patents. HOUSE HIGHWAY, MASS-TRANSIT PROJECTS: Voting 421-4, the House sent the Senate a bill (HR 662) to provide billions of dollars in funding for road and bridge construction, mass transit, and highway safety from March 4 through Sept. 30. A yes vote was to pass the bill. Judy Biggert: Yes Randy Hultgren: Yes “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE”: Voting 181-246, the House defeated a Democratic bid to strip HR 662 (above) of funds...
  • 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]
  • City-to-city luxury buses cropping up in Florida

    02/13/2011 8:53:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | February 13, 2011 | Ted Jackovics
    TAMPA - Luis Mercado was on his way from Tampa International Airport to Miami International Airport last week. Instead of heading to an American or Continental Airlines flight, he rode an elevator downstairs to board a RedCoach luxury bus. The half-million dollar coach is equipped with 27 individual leather seats in a bus designed to accommodate twice as many seats, a spacious arrangement with WiFi connections, LCD movie screens and a GPS tracking system. The amenities primarily target business travelers on intrastate trips to compete with air service bedeviled by baggage fees, security line waits and crowded airliners. "I have...
  • Highway tolls set to violate us yet again (roads and corruption in S. Africa)

    02/13/2011 2:11:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Times Live ^ | February 13, 2011 | Pinky Khoabane
    Pinky Khoabane: There's probably nothing worse than being repeatedly violated. And frankly, that's exactly how I feel about the news that you and I will have to fork out a couple of thousand rands each month on toll fees just so that we can use Gauteng's highways: 66c per kilometre is the figure mooted. It would seem that the abuse began the moment the World Cup was announced to take place in South Africa. A bunch of unscrupulous, greedy businessmen began turning the wheels of corruption, overcharging the taxpayer billions to build roads and stadiums. The Competition Commission has uncovered...
  • 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,...