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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 York.com ^ | 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,...
  • 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 it’s 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 Administration’s 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 hasn’t 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 it’s 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 don’t 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 haven’t 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
    KXAN.com ^ | 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 Wisconsin’s 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 don’t 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 can’t 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...
  • It’s 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, CHINA—So you think struggling home from Ontario’s 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 he’d have something of a wait. What he didn’t know was that it would last 18 hours. “Everyone who pulled up at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon ended up being stuck there until 10 o’clock 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 world’s fastest average speed. Soon, perhaps, the United States, with the world’s 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...
  • Wisconsin’s 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
    Media-Newswire.com ^ | 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. “It’s 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...