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  • 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...
  • Train delayed again? Blame the oil boom.

    08/28/2014 5:13:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | AUGUST 27, 2014 | Jared Gilmour
    If you’re stuck at a railroad crossing or trapped on a delayed Amtrak train, you might blame it on the US oil boom. US oil production is the highest in decades, and more and more crude is traveling by train. That is slowing shipments of grains, gravel, and even coal, as commodities and a resurgent oil industry compete for a finite amount of US rail. More oil pipelines could help ease the freight bottleneck, but those take time to build and have become controversial topics in the debate over the future of US energy. In the meantime, firms are taking...
  • Ideology doesn’t drive that train

    08/13/2014 10:06:01 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 8-13-2014 | Froma Harrop
    In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. In California, the state is raising its own billions to create a very fast ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Two very different ways to fund high-speed rail, but they have one thing in common. They bypass the thousand-car pileup that is Washington politics. Perhaps it’s time for fans of high-speed rail to let some air into their thought box. Perhaps they should stop looking to Washington for direction and money. There are several routes to this destination, and who cares which ideology drives...
  • California: By the way, that bullet train isn’t actually going to be as fast as we said it would be

    03/28/2014 9:18:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    When California first put the issue of building a high-speed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco before voters, Gov. Jerry Brown made all sorts of nifty-sounding promises about how efficient, convenient, and fiscally sound a choice the rail line would be for Californians. All of those promises have more or less turned out to be a sham by now, as the train’s costs have exploded and its deadlines pushed way back, and now it appears that that less-than-three-hour ride Californians were originally promised… well, probably isn’t. ... who really considers a mounting “wall of debt” and a slew...
  • Trains, Pain and No Automobiles (Saturbray)

    02/01/2014 8:35:52 AM PST · by bray · 24 replies ^ | 2/1/14 | bray
    In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. 2 Chronicles 15:5 The Central Planners of Portland always seem to think they know more than anyone else and that goes double for anything having to do with transportation. Here in Tigard Oregon they have decided the way to solve 21st century transportation issues are with 19th century trains. Hopefully nobody tells them about High Speed Stagecoach or we are going to have dirt roads full of manure. These planners ignore all the obvious negatives with trains and tracks...
  • High-speed tube travel not as crazy as it sounds

    08/12/2013 12:46:06 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 73 replies
    CNBC ^ | AUG 12,2013 | Philip LeBeau
    <p>"New York to Beijing, China, in about 2 hours," said Daryl Oster, founder of ET3. "That's 8,000 miles, or 4,000 miles per hour. L.A. to New York would be in 45 minutes, with a likely speed of 2,000 mph."</p> <p>But because Musk has an established track record of developing and turning ideas that sound extreme into thriving real-world products and companies, his Hyperloop idea is not being dismissed.</p>
  • Map Shows Where 220mph Trains Would Go in the U.S.

    03/04/2013 2:59:36 PM PST · by MeganC · 96 replies
    Mashable ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | Charlie White
    Whether a high-speed rail system ever gets built in the United States is still up in the air, but if it is, artist and activist Alfred Twu has figured out exactly where those speedy rail lines should go. Twu started working on this map in 2009, when President Obama's plan to build high-speed rail was unveiled. "There were many such maps being made by various designers," says Twu, but since then he's updated the map with labels and put it on Facebook, and it struck a chord. It's gone viral. "With the huge response it's generated, I created a petition...
  • Federal OK for high-speed rail

    09/20/2012 12:54:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/20/12 | Tim Sheehan
    California's controversial high-speed rail project received a boost Wednesday when the Federal Railroad Administration approved the proposed Merced-to-Fresno route, clearing the way for construction to start early next year. A federal record of decision signed by Administrator Joseph Szabo represents the final bureaucratic hurdle for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The decision gives a federal blessing to the 60-mile route and to thousands of pages of environmental review for the project. Backers of the project hailed the decision as historic for the development of the first high-speed train project in the nation and the start of construction in the central...
  • Amtrak plans 37-minute train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

    07/10/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 9, 2012 8:20pm EDT | Dave Warner
    Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour). However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality. The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston—both about 200 miles (350 km) in distance—would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the...
  • The final deal-killer for California’s high-speed rail

    04/30/2012 10:32:40 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    For the sake of argument, let’s concede the high-speed rail will cost only $68 billion as most recently advertised. Of course, it will cost far more, probably even more than the $98 billion to $117 billion previously estimated, and certainly nowhere close to the $33 billion originally estimated. But let’s give them that. For the sake of argument. And let’s concede, for the sake of argument . . .
  • High-Speed Rail Project in California Under Scrutiny

    12/23/2011 10:37:50 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    FoxNews ^ | December 23, 2011 | William Lajeunesse
    High-Speed Rail Project in California Under Scrutiny By William Lajeunesse December 23, 2011 The Obama administration's plans for a bullet train could be headed off the tracks in California, the one state where its high-speed rail initiative is still alive. Since the project was first unveiled in 2008, officials tripled its projected cost, delayed its start of service 13 years, downsized ridership projections and increased ticket prices. Almost two-thirds of Californians now say they'd vote against issuing bonds to pay for a project they narrowly approved just three years ago. "It is not viable. It is not the best use...
  • An outbreak of fiscal sanity in California? (Voters inclined to stop high-speed boondoggle)

    12/07/2011 12:49:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Is there hope yet for the Golden State? While Governor Jerry Brown attempts to push through a tax increase that will make the state’s income tax even more progressive — and therefore more vulnerable to economic fluctuations — the state’s voters seem inclined to put the brakes on a high-speed boondoggle whose costs have tripled before ground has even been broken (via JWF): Four weeks after the news that the cost of California’s high-speed rail project has tripled since voters approved it, the struggling project is taking another hit: waning public support.A new Field Poll shows that 64 percent of...
  • California Bullet Train Project Advances Amid Cries of Boondoggle (Bullet Train To Nowhere Alert)

    11/27/2011 3:15:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/27/2011 | Adam Nagourney
    he pro-train constituency has not been derailed by a state report this month that found the cost of the bullet train tripling to $98 billion for a project that would not be finished until 2033, by news that Republicans in Congress are close to eliminating federal high-speed rail financing this year, by opposition from California farmers and landowners upset about tracks tearing through their communities or by questions about how much the state or private businesses will be able to contribute. The project has been mocked by editorial boards across the country — “Somebody please stop this train,” The Washington...
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Awards Nearly $1 Billion for California High-Speed Rail

    11/27/2011 10:25:17 AM PST · by mdittmar · 61 replies
    U.S. Department of Transportation ^ | November 22, 2011 | U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
    Building First Segment Will Employ More Than 100,000 People over Next Five Years WASHINGTON - U.S.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for initial construction of California High-Speed Rail. Construction will begin next year in Fresno, creating tens of thousands of jobs in California. “California’s population will grow by 60 percent over the next 40 years,” said Secretary LaHood. “Investing in a green, job creating high-speed rail network is less expensive and more practical than paying for all of the expansions to already congested highways and airports that would be necessary to accommodate the state’s...
  • Take This Bullet Train Please (The FantasyLand Ride To Nowhere Alert)

    11/16/2011 2:45:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/06/2011 | Richard White
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority has created a set of models and scenarios to answer the objections to its earlier models and scenarios. These will be parsed in much more detail than I can do here, but it is best to note the assumptions. First, its model assumes that the rail passenger fare will always be cheaper than airfare or driving. A ticket from San Francisco to Anaheim will be $72 in 2005 dollars. This is projected out to 2030. Second, the ridership will be immense — anywhere from 28.6 million to 37.1 million. This admittedly may appear realistic compared...
  • California High Speed Rail Is Going Nowhere Fast (WashingtonCompost Gets It Right Alert)

    11/14/2011 11:15:10 PM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/13/2011 | Washington Post Editorial
    More realistically, Sacramento’s Legislative Analysis Office calls the Central Valley starting point a “big gamble.” In the all-too-likely event that funding for the rest of the system never materializes, the report adds, “the state will be left with a rail segment unconnected to major urban areas that has little if any chance of generating the ridership to operate without a significant state subsidy.” It would be a train to nowhere, but at least it would go nowhere fast. As questionable as this project is, we would have less business objecting if the only money at risk was California’s. But the...
  • California bullet train triples in price, adds 13 years to deployment schedule

    11/01/2011 1:39:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/01/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    When first proposed to taxpayers in 2008, the high-speed rail project in California that would eventually link Los Angeles and San Francisco had a projected cost of $33.6 billion and a delivery date of twelve years. By May of this year, after the Obama administration tossed in $3.5 billion in stimulus money to get the project started, the cost estimate ballooned to $43 billion, the most expensive public-works project in American history. But that now looks like a bargain in contrast to the latest estimate for the bullet train, as reported by the Mercury News: Faster than a speeding bullet...
  • Bullet train Project Nearly Triples In Cost (High Speed Rail To Nowhere)

    11/01/2011 8:39:12 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/31/2011 | Mike Rosenberg
    With the Golden State nearly broke, it now plans to secure funding largely by borrowing more, the Associated Press reported, though specifics were unclear. About 20 percent would come from the private sector. Until now, the state had been relying on more than $15 billion from the federal government, $10 billion from private investors and $5 billion from local governments. But the state hadn't gotten any closer to raising the money in the three years since voters approved the plan. The bullet train project, which would link San Francisco and Los Angeles with the nation's first high-speed rail line, has...
  • Intel from bin Laden compound shows al-Qaeda plotted against U.S. rail system

    06/24/2011 12:32:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON – Some of the first information gleaned from Osama bin Laden's compound indicates al-Qaida considered attacking U.S. trains on the upcoming anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. But counterterrorism officials say they believe the planning never got beyond the initial phase and have no recent intelligence pointing to an active plot for such an attack. As of February 2010, the terror organization was considering plans to attack the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. One idea outlined in handwritten notes was to tamper with an unspecified U.S. rail track so that a train would fall...
  • Can High-Speed Rail Reduce Air Travel and Highway Expansion?

    06/18/2011 6:49:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 116 replies
    Streets Blog ^ | 06/09/2011 | Tanya Snyder
    Yesterday, Miller-McCune’s Michael Scott Moore accused Southwest Airlines of helping to bury a potential Texas bullet train 15 years ago. “Southwest understood better than most high-speed rail critics just how well the trains could work,” Moore wrote. “[High-speed rail in Spain] has reduced Spanish highway traffic — even for cargo, by freeing up space on the older rail network — and it’s cut dramatically into domestic airline business.” Miller-McCune quotes a 2006 story in The Austinist: Dallas-based airline company Southwest Airlines launched a sweeping, aggressive public relations campaign throughout the state in order to discredit TGV and prevent the company...
  • California high-speed rail: The next stop is bankruptcy

    04/03/2011 8:46:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 4/3/11 | Adam B. Summers - OP/ED
    Like most large public infrastructure projects, the California high-speed rail project was sold to the public based on false promises, exaggerated benefits and lowball cost estimates. Before the election, the cost of the project was estimated at $33 billion for the Los Angeles/Anaheim to San Francisco portion, and an additional $7 billion for the spurs to San Diego and Sacramento. Voters narrowly passed a $9.95 billion bond in 2008, and the federal government and private investors were supposed to cover the remaining $30 billion. We were promised that a one-way fare between Los Angeles and San Francisco would cost about...
  • How Flaws Undid Obama’s Hope for High-Speed Rail in Florida

    03/12/2011 9:25:08 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 11,2011 | MICHAEL COOPER
    The Tampa-to-Orlando route had obvious drawbacks: It would have linked two cities that are virtually unnavigable without cars, and that are so close that the new train would have been little faster than driving. But the Obama administration chose it anyway because it was seen as the line that could be built first. Florida had already done much of the planning, gotten many of the necessary permits and owned most of the land that would be needed. The Department of Transportation did not have that many options. Only two states, Florida and California, were deemed far enough along in their...
  • Michelangelo's David 'could collapse due to high-speed train building' (H-S rail strikes again!)

    03/04/2011 9:29:43 PM PST · by Frantzie · 25 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3-4-2011 | Nick Squires
    The statue is riddled with tiny cracks, particularly in the ankles of the boy warrior, and could collapse as a result of vibrations from the 1.4 billion euro project, which is due to start in the summer. The threat of serious damage being done to one of the world’s most famous statues has prompted calls for it to be moved to a purpose-built museum away from the construction work. “The tunnel will pass about 600 meters (2,000ft) from the statue of David, the ankles of which, it is well known, are riddled with micro-fissures. If it’s not moved before digging...
  • High Speed to Insolvency (Why liberals love trains)

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

    02/08/2011 9:10:55 AM PST · by Qbert · 18 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 2/8/2011 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion investment in high-speed rail as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to create jobs. The White House says Obama will call for an initial $8 billion investment in the budget he is set to release next week...
  • How to strengthen America put Americans back to work immediately.

    12/06/2010 3:24:48 PM PST · by TheDailyChange · 61 replies
    12062010 | TDC
    Just like Japan has done, America should immediately embark on a nationwide infrastructure program that would consist of a network of high speed train lines that connect for example New York City with most of the nations major cities. Contracts would be awarded only to American based business and legal Americans.
  • Dan Walters: California may build train to nowhere

    11/29/2010 8:01:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/29/10 | Dan Walters
    A few days before this month's election, the federal government announced that California would receive an additional $715 million for its high-speed rail project, contingent on the money being spent quickly on a segment in the San Joaquin Valley. Why? You'd have to be terminally naive not to believe that the splashy announcement, made personally by an Obama administration official in Fresno, was to help an embattled local congressman, Democrat Jim Costa, stave off a very stiff Republican challenge. Costa, a longtime bullet train advocate, did, in fact, eke out a narrow re-election win. And last week, the California High-Speed...
  • Midterms Threaten Obama’s Rail Plans

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

    10/25/2010 7:27:55 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-4-10 | paul levy
    Is a proposed passenger train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment? Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? Faced with competition from nine other routes seeking federal funding as well as a possible rerouting of the line's Twin Cities starting point -- to St. Paul, instead of Minneapolis -- proponents of the Northern Lights Express (NLX) have shifted gears.
  • Boondoggle in the Motor City: Detroit's Train to Nowhere ( Choo-choo! )

    10/17/2010 6:18:36 AM PDT · by Leisler · 88 replies
    Reason ^ | Oct 13, 2010 | Reason
    Youtube link.
  • Rail birthday: Amtrak New train gets one-year profit party

    10/07/2010 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 20 replies
    The Hook (Charlottesville, VA) ^ | Thursday, October 07, 2010 | Hawes Spencer
    The new Amtrak train in Charlottesville celebrated its one-year anniversary with a Thursday morning party that brought together state and local officials and revealed— sort of— that what might have been a subsidized extension of the Northeast Regional train is actually making a profit.“They’ve exceeded all our expectations,” said Mayor Dave Norris at the October 7 event.Last October, the wheels began rolling with a promised three-year state subsidy as Amtrak brought one of its New York-terminating trains though Charlottesville and as far south as Lynchburg.By July, the train had doubled its goals with $5.2 million in revenue from 103,351 Virginia...
  • Report from Japan.( Choo-choo News Alert )

    10/06/2010 9:25:19 AM PDT · by Leisler · 11 replies
    Antiplanner ^ | Ocotober 6th, 2010 | Randal O'Toole
    On Monday, the Antiplanner rode a high-speed train from Tokyo to Nagano, probably the most expensive high-speed rail route in the world. According to one source, it cost more than half a billion dollars per mile in 1997 dollars, no doubt because much of the route is in tunnels. The train I was on was practically empty, and I understand that is the usual condition.......
  • In Human Monorail, Commuters Pedal Above Traffic

    09/30/2010 3:56:06 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Discovery ^ | 28 Sept 2010 | Alyssa Danigelis
    In case you're a little like me and the prospect of bike commuting in a densely urban environment seems slightly intimidating, you might be in luck. In the future, you'll be able to slide into a human-sized plastic tube, recline and pedal yourself to work along a monorail system. Yes. Really. The idea for a human monorail stemmed, unsurprisingly from a recreational setup in Rotorua, New Zealand. There, visitors could get into a velodrome racetrack consisting of clear plastic pods that move forward with recumbent cycling. Participants can pedal madly against each other, trying to win the adventure ride. Now...
  • California's Cities Should Look to Oxfordshire

    09/21/2010 3:49:57 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 12 replies · 1+ views
    newgeography ^ | 9/17/10 | Kirsten Moore
    California, now in the midst of a heated debate on high-speed rail, could learn a thing or two from a few small villages in England about consolidating their opposition. Residents from five villages in Oxfordshire created the Villages of Oxfordshire Opposing HS2 (High-Speed Rail 2) action group to voice their concerns about the proposed project. HS2 would link London and Birmingham by 2025, going through Finmere, Mixbury, Fingford, Fulwell, and Newton Purcell in north Oxfordshire. Not only would the rail line greatly alter the countryside landscape, but it would also create an immense amount of noise pollution. Trains would run...
  • High-Speed Fail ( trains )

    08/05/2010 10:30:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | • August 24, 2009 | Randal O'Toole
    The truth is that high-speed rail doesn’t work in Europe or Asia either. Japan and France have both spent about as much on high-speed rail as they have on their intercity freeway systems, yet the average residents of those countries travel by car 10 to 20 times as much as they travel by high-speed rail. They also fly domestically more than they take high-speed rail. While the highways and airlines pay for themselves out of gas taxes and other user fees, high-speed rail is heavily subsidized and serves only a tiny urban elite. Obama uses the fact that France, Japan,...
  • A Rail Boondoggle, Moving at High Speed

    08/05/2010 11:00:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2009 | Robert J. Samuelson
    The Obama administration's enthusiasm for high-speed rail is a dispiriting example of government's inability to learn from past mistakes. Since 1971, the federal government has poured almost $35 billion in subsidies into Amtrak with few public benefits. At most, we've gotten negligible reductions -- invisible and statistically insignificant -- in congestion, oil use or greenhouse gases. What's mainly being provided is subsidized transportation for a small sliver of the population. In a country where 140 million people go to work every day, Amtrak has 78,000 daily passengers. A typical trip is subsidized by about $50. Given this, you'd think even...
  • China Loans Argentina Money to Almost Match U.S. in High Speed Rail

    07/22/2010 1:23:23 PM PDT · by decimon · 14 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 22, 2010 | Tiffany Kaiser
    Which isn't saying much, but it's a start...The Argentinian government recently received a loan of $10 billion from China Development Bank in order to begin the construction of a new metro and railway system. This comes as a bit of a surprise, considering China's embargo on imports of soybean oil from Argentina as of late, where antidumping measures have caused quite a dispute between the two. Argentina seems to be tweaking production to meet Chinese standards now, and due to China's interest in Argentinian farmland, both countries remain interested in working with one another. In fact, building the high-speed rail...
  • Government Takes Over to Keep High Speed Rail on Track

    07/09/2010 5:50:18 AM PDT · by Leisler · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Tiawan Economic News ^ | /09/28/2009 | staff
    The government takeover is expected to facilitate the refinancing of THSRC`s huge NT$390 billion (US$11.8 billion at NT$33:US$1) debt by a consortium headed by the state-run Bank of Taiwan. The refinancing program will bring crucial financial relief in the form of a lower interest rate and extended repayment period. The bankruptcy of the company would force the government to appropriate some NT$300 billion (US$9.1 billion) to buy it out. Without the refinancing program, THSRC would become insolvent in November, when it will have to start repaying the principal of its loans. That will cost it another NT$1.5 billion a month,...
  • Shanghai High-Speed( Rail )Link on a Fast Track to Nowhere

    07/09/2010 5:35:47 AM PDT · by Leisler · 6 replies
    Mass Transit. Com ^ | Jul 06, 2010 | Will Clem and Alice Yan
    CHINA - Sales of high-speed rail tickets between Shanghai and Nanjing will be suspended indefinitely from Saturday - just days after the multibillion-yuan link was launched amid a blaze of propaganda. Rail authorities say the indefinite suspension will allow them to "optimise" the service. But the move appears to have been prompted by poor demand amid complaints about high ticket prices for a negligible saving in trip time...... The less-than-enthusiastic welcome to high-speed rail travel in the affluent Yangtze River Delta bodes ominously for the service's future nationwide, with links being constructed between major cities throughout the country. It also...