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  • thanks to jerry brown and the leftists: the great california train wreck

    05/04/2018 3:23:08 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 50 replies
    barbwire ^ | 20 March, 2018 | Robert Knight
    Let me just say from the outset that I still miss California. When I see news about my former state, it’s like reading the details of a train wreck after having safely disembarked a comfortable time ago. I and my family got to live in Orange County for seven glorious years and another year in the Bay Area when the state was not convulsed with insanity on stilts. It was sunny nearly every day, with low humidity. There were no bugs. Our local amusement parks were Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. We did, as Californians are fond of boasting, go...
  • You’ll Never Guess What CA’s Bullet Train Will Cost — Or When It Will Finish

    03/10/2018 10:55:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/10/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    That may sound like a clickbaity headline, but it’s proving to be literally true. Apparently, no one can guess it, least of all the California High-Speed Rail Authority that is running the bullet-train project. Their latest projection shows total predicted cost has jumped 20% to $77 billion, with a completion date moved out four years to 2033.For now, anyway. Be sure to check back next week in the Boondoggle Lotto! The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be...
  • Press Fails to Disclose 70 Percent California Bullet-Train Cost Overrun

    03/10/2018 7:24:22 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 3/9/2018 | Tom Blumer
    Friday, California's High-Speed Rail Authority published its draft 2018 Business Plan. Its 800-mile bullet-train project's estimated cost is now $77.3 billion, up from $64 billion two years ago, and its final completion has been pushed out another four years to 2033. The current estimate is now more than 70 percent above the $45 billion presented to voters in 2008. The related Associated Press story failed to disclose that original cost estimate, as did three leading California newspapers. The Authority's draft discloses that "More than $3 billion has been expended to date on construction in the Central Valley and planning for...
  • Cost for California bullet train system rises to $77.3 billion

    03/10/2018 6:33:11 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 9, 2018 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The price of the California bullet train project jumped sharply Friday when the state rail authority announced that the cost of connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco would be $77.3 billion and could rise as high as $98.1 billion — an uptick of at least $13 billion from estimates two years ago. The rail authority also said the earliest trains could operate on a partial system between San Francisco and Bakersfield would be 2029 — four years later than the previous projection. The full system would not begin operating until 2033. The disclosures are contained in a 114-page business plan...
  • High Speed Rail project cost jumps to $77 billion, opening delayed [CA]

    03/09/2018 3:39:50 PM PST · by C19fan · 101 replies
    AP ^ | March 9, 2018 | Kathleen Ronayne
    The projected cost of California's bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has jumped to $77 billion and the opening date has been pushed back four years to 2033, according to a business plan released Friday. The two-year plan presented by the California High-Speed Rail Authority is the first under new chief executive Brian Kelly, who has promised more transparency about the project's challenges after years of cost increases and delays.
  • Bullet train sparks fight as old as Texas: progress v tradition

    02/18/2018 8:33:31 AM PST · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/16/2018 | Dug Begley
    William Shelton will not let go of the past, even if it is in the way of someone else's future. He has spent more than five years rebuilding his family's ancestral home, board by board, and has no intention of leaving it or the 250-acre farm that has been in his family since 1851. Two years ago, surveyors started showing up, wanting a clear idea of his property lines for Texas Central Railway, the company behind plans for a 200-mph "bullet train" connecting Houston to Dallas. The proposed route would go through Shelton's farm. "I guarantee I will be restoring...
  • The more we learn about Amtrak derailment the stranger it gets

    12/31/2017 8:58:50 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 141 replies
    The Hill ^ | 31 December 2017 | Russell G. Quimby
    The National Transportation Safety Board investigating the accident, which killed three people and injured more than 50 others, is still trying to determine the probable cause and prevent such accidents in the future. It appears that there were two people in the lead locomotive control cab of the train who were both injured and hospitalized: an instructor engineer, and another engineer who was learning the territory and qualifying to operate the train along the route.
  • Abe pitches Japan’s maglev trains to the US, touting New York to Washington in 40 minutes

    09/22/2016 1:37:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    Kyodo ^ | 22 September, 2016
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pitching Japan’s maglev technology for the railway system in the United States. Speaking in a meeting with US business leaders and financial experts in New York on Wednesday, Abe said that in the late 2030s, a maglev train linking Tokyo to Nagoya in central Japan will take just 40 minutes - an hour shorter than currently required for the shinkansen bullet train. The two cities are about 260km apart, as the crow flies. “The distance between Tokyo and Nagoya is almost the same as that between New York and [Washington] DC,” he said. “You...
  • Portions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailment

    07/29/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Fraxinus · 9 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jack Moore
    Because of a derailment at the East Falls Church Metro station portions of the Orange and Silver lines will remain closed for the rest of the day. WASHINGTON — Service on parts of the Orange and Silver Lines will remain suspended through at least Saturday, following an early-morning derailment near the East Falls Church station that damaged two train cars, sent one rider to the hospital and scrambled passengers’ Friday morning commutes. Service on the Silver Line between the McLean and Ballston stations and on the Orange Line between West Falls Church and Ballston will remain suspended through the end...
  • Hype the Loop

    06/11/2016 7:16:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    Dream on you loopians, just don't expect me to fund your crazy ideas! There is a new company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) that intends to revolutionize high speed continental travel. It’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, recently announced an agreement with the Slovakian government to build Hyperloops from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, and from Bratislava to Budapest, Hungary. Its competitor, Hyperloop One, recently tested an open air propulsion test of a vehicle with its “Blade Runner” test rig. The Japanese “bullet trains” going at 200 mph are like snails in comparison. The new hyper-things are envisaged to do about 760 mph....
  • U.S. Throws China Off High-Speed Rail Project

    06/10/2016 7:18:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 9, 2016 | Te-Ping Chen
    U.S. Throws China Off High-Speed Rail Project China state media says XpressWest’s move is irresponsible By Te-Ping Chen June 9, 2016 5:42 a.m. ET 26 COMMENTS BEIJING—A high-speed rail agreement touted as a symbol of U.S.-China cooperation has fallen apart less than a year after it was signed. XpressWest, a private U.S. company, on Thursday said a venture with China Railway International to build a high-speed rail line to link Southern California with Las Vegas won’t proceed. In a statement, the U.S. company said it terminated the partnership because of “difficulties associated with timely performance” and its Chinese partner’s challenges...
  • World's longest railway tunnel to open after 17 years of construction: Trains in Switzerland [tr]

    05/24/2016 10:09:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2016 | John Hutchinson
    The world's longest railway tunnel is set to open in just over a week - after some 17 years of construction. Measuring 35.4-miles in length, the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is 7,545 feet below the Gotthard massif, cutting through the Swiss Alps. The tunnel was first conceived in sketch-form in 1947 but construction began 17 years ago. It consists of two single-track tunnels connecting Erstfeld (Uri) with Bodio (Ticino) and passing below Sedrun (Graubünden).
  • Boondoggle Train

    11/05/2015 10:55:03 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | November 4, 2015 | By Chris Reed
    In November 2008, California voters narrowly approved Proposition 1A, which provided $9.95 billion in government money for a statewide bullet-train network. The initiative passed, even though the California High-Speed Rail Authority had been legally required to release a detailed, updated business plan by October 1 of that year, so that voters would have time to learn exactly how the state planned to finance what was then billed as a $43 billion project—and no updated plan was in view. Rail officials failed even to release a preliminary report before the election, claiming that state legislators’ long delay in passing the fiscal...
  • Green Line's $6.21M in 2014 fares pay 35.8 percent of expenses

    05/29/2015 6:16:02 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-28-15 | Fredrick Melo
    While Metro Transit's Green Line isn't exactly paying for itself through passenger fares, it's doing a better job than most other Minnesota public transit options. Passengers boarding the state's second light-rail line from its debut in June through the end of 2014 paid $6.21 million into the fare box, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs to operate the 11-mile route. "I think 35 percent is a really good percentage," said St. Paul City Council member Dave Thune. "I love it. I think it has been a success. The kind of traffic it's seeing, going from one end of...
  • Trains Matter

    05/25/2015 12:08:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    Amtrak Store ^ | October 30, 1970 | Choo Choo
    I am not making this up. The Official Amtrak Merchandise store. (click the pic)
  • Billionaire Soros blasts Bush, calls on President to honor world opinion

    02/27/2003 9:44:22 PM PST · by Willie Green · 44 replies · 335+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, February 28, 2003 | Len Boselovic
    <p>Billionaire capitalist George Soros, whose shrewd speculation conquered world markets, delivered a scathing denunciation of Bush administration policies yesterday, accusing the White House of shirking its responsibility as the world's only superpower.</p> <p>In a speech before 500 at Carnegie Mellon University, Soros said the Bush administration had a "visceral aversion to international cooperation," which is why it is willing to ignore world opinion in its rush to wage war with Iraq.</p>
  • GM Futurliner: Taking yesterday’s tomorrow for a spin

    04/28/2015 9:30:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 April 2015 | Dan Carney
    Having been rebuilt and updated in 1952, Futurliner No 10 now belongs to the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States (NATMUS) in Auburn, Indiana. It received a restoration between 1998 and 2005 by a team of dedicated volunteers. Inside, Futurliners carried displays highlighting some aspect of engineering development, and showcased those displays through massive, 16ft-long doors that opened on each side to create a stage area topped by a marquee:
  • As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

    02/16/2015 5:02:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2015 | By ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
    Most of the debate over the building of the nation's first bullet train, in California, has focused on the economics of such a monumental undertaking and its projected $68-billion first-phase price tag. Largely ignored amid the excitement over the railway's recent official groundbreaking is the physical impact and design challenges that cities will need to grapple with as they prepare for high-speed rail. California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. To make the most of California's once-in-a-lifetime chance at building a thriving transportation network,...
  • High-speed railways are revolutionizing trade in Eurasia (China)

    01/01/2015 8:20:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | 31 December 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9th. Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland,...
  • Japan's Groundbreaking Bullet Train Is Officially 50 Years Old [No fatal accidents in five decades!]

    10/04/2014 12:21:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/04/2014 | Benjamin Zhang
    The iconic image of majestic bullet train blasting past the snowcapped peaks of Mount Fuji has become a symbol of Japan's growth into an economic and technological juggernaut. This month, the blue-and-white liveried Shinkansen Bullet Train that stars in the photo above is officially 50 years old. Over the past half century, the Bullet Train has become inextricably linked with the nation and the people it has served so diligently. Since its debut in 1964, the Shinkansen has grown from a single line connecting Tokyo and Osaka to lines linking all parts of the country. These days, the BBC reports...