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  • The real reason American passenger trains are so bad

    06/14/2015 1:36:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 122 replies
    Vox ^ | June 12, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    The May Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia put the sorry state of passenger rail in the United States briefly back on the public agenda, leaving many people wondering not just about the specifics of the crash but about the more general issue — how is it that a rich and powerful country that was a pioneer in railroad adoption in the 19th century has such terrible trains? The United States is a big country, with lots of trains in it. So you can really think of this big generic question as composed of three separate questions with separate answers. One...
  • NTSB: No evidence that Amtrak engineer used phone at time of crash

    06/10/2015 6:40:55 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 54 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 6/10/15 | By Rene Marsh and Jason Hanna
    Investigators examining last month's fatal crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia now believe they know whether the engineer was using his phone when the derailment happened, a source with knowledge of the probe said Wednesday. The source didn't reveal the National Transportation Safety Board investigators' conclusions. But the NTSB is expected to make an announcement about the crash at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday.
  • Source: Investigators know whether Amtrak 188 engineer was on phone

    06/10/2015 6:14:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Gant Daily ^ | 6-10-2015 | CNN
    Investigators examining last month’s fatal crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia now believe they know whether the engineer was using his phone when the derailment happened, a source with knowledge of the probe said Wednesday. The source didn’t reveal the National Transportation Safety Board investigators’ conclusions. But the NTSB is expected to make an announcement about the crash at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday. Amtrak Northeast Regional Train No. 188 derailed minutes after it left a Philadelphia station on the night of May 12, leaving eight people dead and more than 200 injured. The New York-bound train had just entered...
  • Tractor-Trailer Carrying 70,000 Pounds of Bacon Collides with Amtrak Train

    06/09/2015 8:17:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 58 replies
    thedailymeal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Karen Lo
    A Chicago-bound Amtrak train had an unfortunate encounter with a tractor-trailer carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon that was “obstructing the tracks” last Friday, June 5 — the same day we reported on Indiana’s amazing bacon lottery. The train, Texas Eagle Train 22, collided with the truck near Illinois Route 53, and managed to overturn the truck, splitting it in half. “There's boxes everywhere [sic],” a passenger told NBC Chicago. “But somehow the driver was OK.” None of the crew or passengers were injured in the crash, but we assume all hope for the bacon was lost. However, if there were...
  • Rep. Brown: 3K Died in Katrina – Why ‘Don’t We Support Transportation Infrastructure?’

    06/07/2015 5:43:05 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 88 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 4, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    While debating proposed cuts to Amtrak’s budget, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) argued that the government subsidized train system is necessary, especially during disasters. “What is it - that we don’t support transportation infrastructure?” Brown said on the House floor Thursday. “When we had 9/11 – Amtrak was the only entity that was moving people. When we had Katrina – Amtrak. We had over 3,000 people to die because they couldn’t move around the area.” According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 1,833 people died in relation to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Amtrak...
  • Investigators: Was Amtrak engineer using cell phone when train crashed?

    06/02/2015 5:51:15 PM PDT · by South40 · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2 JUNE 2015 | Ashley Halsey III
    Federal investigators looking into the Amtrak derailment that killed eight people and injured scores of others in Philadelphia last month are trying to determine whether the engineer was using his cellphone when his train approached a curve at more than twice the speed limit.
  • NTSB releases preliminary report in Amtrak derailment

    06/02/2015 10:53:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-2-2015 | Michael Laris
    Investigators looking into last month’s deadly Amtrak derailment have found “no anomalies” in the tracks, signals or breaking systems of train #188, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday, underscoring the key outstanding question of their ongoing inquiry: Why did the locomotive speed into a sharp Philadelphia curve at 106 miles an hour? The NTSB said it is continuing its examination of engineer Brandon Bostian’s cell phone records. Bostian, who said he cannot recall the events shortly before the crash, reported to the NTSB that his phone was in a bag at the time...
  • Let’s Do Some Railing [AMTRAK]

    06/01/2015 9:30:11 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | May 28, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Just before Congress slunk away for the three-day weekend — which it was, of course, planning to stretch into a week — senators from the Northeast held a press conference to denounce Republicans for underfunding Amtrak passenger rail service. “Amtrak has some infrastructure that is so old it was built and put into service when Jesse James and Butch Cassidy were still alive and robbing trains,” said Senator Charles Schumer of New York. “In Connecticut we have a bridge that was built when Grover Cleveland was president,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Now you have to admit, this is...
  • Trump: Yes to more infrastructure spending, no to Mohammed cartoons

    05/21/2015 1:20:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 21, 2014. | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart. Thanks to Fox News’s rules, this is the guy who might take Bobby Jindal’s spot at the first GOP presidential debate in August. He’s ranked in the top five in more than one Republican 2016 poll, no doubt by dint of pure name recognition. If he decides to run — which is unlikely, but work with me here — he’ll probably be one of the 10 who make the cut for the debate. And that’ll turn it into the Trump show for the media, no matter how eager GOP voters might be to hear, say, Rubio go at...
  • Senate Democrats Demand More Money for Amtrak Repair Backlog

    05/21/2015 11:15:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY
    Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old. Democrats at a news conference cited last week's deadly crash in Philadelphia and said the backlog is compromising safety and service. Democrats want to Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers have starved the railroad financially for years. A Republican-controlled House panel approved a spending bill the day after the...
  • A Shameless Train Of Thought - Dems Exploit Amtreak Crash

    05/20/2015 3:24:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Former White House Chief of Staff and currently mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, whose city is rushing to be the next Detroit after decades of big government excesses, once said that a crisis was a terrible thing to waste since it allows you to get things done you couldn’t get done in a saner atmosphere. The Amtrak derailment outside Philadelphia is the latest case in point. Never mind that the Antrak train that crashed outside Philadelphia, killing seven, was being driven at 106 miles per hour around a curve that was designed for 50 or that the “positive train control”...
  • Feds Trying to Determine If Amtrak Engineer Was Using Phone

    05/20/2015 1:27:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 20, 2015 | By MICHAEL R. SISAK
    Investigators are combing through phone records, locomotive data, radio transmissions and surveillance video to determine if the engineer in last week's deadly Amtrak derailment was using his cellphone while at the controls, federal authorities said Wednesday. Brandon Bostian's phone records show calls were made, text messages were sent and data was used the day of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said, but it remains unclear if the phone was used while the train was in motion. Investigators won't be able make that determination until after a time-consuming analysis comparing time stamps from Bostian's subpoenaed phone records with those...
  • How the DEA Harasses Amtrak Passengers

    05/20/2015 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | CONOR FRIEDERSDORF
    Earlier this year, Aaron Heuser of Eugene, Oregon, had to travel to Washington, D.C. The trip had two purposes: The 37-year-old mathematician was officially leaving his job at National Institutes of Health and starting a new position at a private firm. Since he is terrified of flying he booked himself a sleeper car on Amtrak. Upon reaching Reno, Nevada, there was an unexpected knock at his door. “There was a DEA badge on the window,” he said. “Having a good reason to be making this trip and being a law abiding citizen, I opened the door and politely asked if...
  • Obama official once said train-safety cost outweighed benefit

    05/20/2015 12:04:27 PM PDT · by JRios1968 · 3 replies
    The Connectictu Post ^ | 5/18/15 | Dan Freedman
    When a Republican lawmaker in 2011 asked an Obama administration Office of Management and Budget official to name regulations where costs were not justified by benefits, the official had a ready answer. "There is only one big one that comes to mind," said Cass Sunstein, then administrator of the White House OMB's Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs. "It is called Positive Train Control.''
  • Liberals’ high-speed trains to nowhere

    05/19/2015 4:52:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 18, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county’s infrastructure. They didn’t even wait to know what was the cause of the tragedy to take to the airwaves, and weren’t deterred when it emerged that the engineer had been going twice the speed limit around a tight curve when Amtrak Train 188 derailed. They cared only for reciting the usual litany of laments for our “crumbling” infrastructure and our lack of high-speed rail, which is supposedly a stinging...
  • Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

    05/19/2015 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Michael R. Sisak
    The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.” Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after...
  • Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in crash

    05/19/2015 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    MSN/Assoc. Press ^ | 05/18/2015 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON — For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia. That payout cap for a single passenger rail incident was part of a late effort in 1997 to pass a law that would rescue Amtrak from financial ruin and help it one day become independent. ~snip~ Using past passenger rail accidents as a guide, some lawyers expect damages from the...
  • SEPTA Engineer Saw ‘Trespasser’ On Tracks Moments Before Train Was Hit By Object

    05/19/2015 9:05:06 AM PDT · by Abby4116 · 45 replies
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A transit train driver says he saw a “trespasser” on the tracks moments before an unknown object struck a window on the train. The SEPTA train was struck on the same night and in close proximity to the Amtrak train that derailed on May 12th in Philadelphia. According to SEPTA officials, the engineer saw a trespasser on the track moments before an unidentified object smashed a window.
  • Impressions From the Scene of Amtrak 188 Derailment

    05/18/2015 11:24:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Congressman Jeff Denham
    The last week has been unimaginably difficult for many Americans who lost friends or family members in the tragic derailment of Northeast Regional Amtrak train 188, which crashed on a curved track just north of downtown Philadelphia on Tuesday evening. Eight lives were lost, eight more individuals remain in critical condition and more than 200 were injured. The day after the derailment, I visited the scene to speak with Amtrak President Joe Boardman, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr and Board Member Robert Sumwalt, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter....
  • Amtrak engineer a homosexual and therefore protected by the American media?

    05/18/2015 8:03:47 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 33 replies
    CoachIsRight.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Coach Collins
    The engineer of the death train was a homosexual and a gay activist who “liked several LGBTI pages on Facebook,” a gay news site. “The engineer who was involved in Tuesday night’s Amtrak train crash is Brandon Bostian,” says gaystarnews.com. Interesting now is how the media are equivocating and blaming those old meanies, the Republicans. One site commenter to the outing of this 32 year old engineer says, “the fact is a gay activist is untouchable in the main stream media. Once his sexual preference came out, the story started changing and the blame will go towards needing more money...
  • Officials reveal TWO Philadelphia-area trains were 'shot at' within minutes of crash

    05/17/2015 7:39:22 PM PDT · by jonatron · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:51 EST, 17 May 2015 | Daily Mail Staff
    Federal officials this weekend revealed the train that crashed Tuesday, killing 8, was one of two struck by objects that day. Investigators are now looking into the possibility the doomed train's windshield was struck in the moments before the crash. Amtrak, meanwhile, has been ordered to expand speed-restriction system in area of derailment in Philadelphia. NTSB investigators, however, said Sunday that no communication from the train indicated it had been hit by an object. ...snip EPTA, Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, said there's no indication the object that hit the commuter rail train is related to the Amtrak derailment. Philadelphia Mayor...
  • BREAKING & NSFW: Here Are #Amtrak Engineer #BrandonBostian’s Disturbing **** Pics

    05/17/2015 1:10:00 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 197 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Could Bostian’s disturbed sex life have masked a deeper disturbance?
  • NTSB:‘Nothing at All’ Heard From Amtrak Train Engineer to Suggest Train Hit by Projectile

    05/17/2015 10:33:10 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 65 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/17/2015 | BENJAMIN L. BELL
    Full title: NTSB Investigator: ‘Nothing at All’ Heard From Amtrak Train Engineer Communications to Suggest Train Hit by Projectile There was no communication between the derailed Amtrak train engineer to the dispatch center to suggest that a projectile had hit the ill-fated train, National Transportation Safety Board lead investigator Robert Sumwalt said. “We interviewed the dispatchers and we listened to the dispatch tape, and we heard no communications at all from the Amtrak engineer to the dispatch center to say that something had struck his train,”
  • Amtrak engineer a homosexual and therefore protected by the American media?

    05/17/2015 8:30:28 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 115 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/17/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The engineer of the death train was a homosexual and a gay activist who “liked several LGBTI pages on Facebook,” a gay news site. “The engineer who was involved in Tuesday night’s Amtrak train crash is Brandon Bostian,” says gaystarnews.com. Interesting now is how the media are equivocating and blaming those old meanies, the Republicans. One site commenter to the outing of this 32 year old engineer says, “the fact is a gay activist is untouchable in the main stream media. Once his sexual preference came out, the story started changing and the blame will go towards needing more money...
  • Dem rep: Amtrak needs $117 'billion with a B'

    05/16/2015 3:19:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) estimated Saturday that Amtrak would require $117 billion for improvements to its Northeast Corridor following a fatal crash on that line earlier this week. “If we’re going to have passenger rail, we’re going to need to make it safe and make it efficient,” he told The Billy Penn. “It’s going to require investment,” he added, predicting Amtrak would need $117 “billion with a B” for reaching optimal safety and speed along its Northwest Corridor. Fattah, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, criticized Republicans for opposing additional funding measures for Amtrak. “One party thinks...
  • Passenger on Amtrak Locomotive Says His Train Was Also Struck by Object

    A passenger traveling along the same route the night that Amtrak Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia told NBC News that an object hit his train, shattering the window. The account from Johns Hopkins student Justin Landis makes him the third person to report a projectile hitting a train Tuesday night in that area, and comes a day after the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators were working to determine whether something struck the doomed Amtrak train before it derailed. Eight people were killed and about 200 others were injured in the accident.
  • Amtrak Ordered to Modify Signal System Following Deadly Crash

    05/16/2015 8:53:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2015 | Fox News
    The Federal Railroad Administration has reportedly ordered Amtrak to modify its signal system to protect against speeding around sharp curves along the Northeast Corridor, including the one where a train derailed Tuesday night killing eight people. The Wall Street Journal , citing a person familiar with the matter, reports Amtrak will change its current automatic braking system to protect against speeding trains at the curve where Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia derailed. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said Thursday that such a circuit would have prevented the Amtrak derailment Tuesday.
  • Was Amtrak a Terror Attack? Our Soft Underbelly

    05/16/2015 4:22:29 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 39 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/15/15 | Steve Berman
    Investigators found a “fist-sized circular area of impact” in the windshield of the derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia.  This new twist has us all thinking the same thing:  terrorists may have again struck America’s soft underbelly. Robert L. Sumwalt, the lead investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference Friday an assistant conductor reported that she heard a radio transmission between an engineer on a regional line and Brandon Bostian, the engineer on the derailed train, The New York Times reported. Investigators asked the engineer, Brandon Bostian, whether he recalled any projectiles, and he said he...
  • Amtrak Employee Injured in Derailment Files Lawsuit

    05/16/2015 1:44:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KVOA-TV / NBC News ^ | May 15, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)An Amtrak employee has filed the first lawsuit in connection to Tuesday's deadly train derailment that killed eight people and injured over 200 others in Philadelphia. The Bala Cynwyd law firm Coffey Kaye Myers & Olley, which is representing Amtrak employee Bruce Phillips and his wife Kalita Phillips of Philadelphia, confirmed with NBC10 that their clients are filing a lawsuit against Amtrak. Phillips is still hospitalized at Temple University Hospital. Phillips, an Amtrak employee, was "deadheading" in one of the rear railcars of Amtrak Regional Train 188 Tuesday night when the derailment occurred, according to the lawsuit. Deadheading is a...
  • CHRIS MATTHEWS: REPUBLICANS ‘TREAT TRAINS LIKE HISPANICS

    05/15/2015 4:07:55 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/15/2015 | AN HANCHETT
    MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said that Republicans “treat trains like Hispanics” on Thursday. Matthews argued that AMTRAK could “unite this country. It wouldn’t be flyover country, it would be one country again. Rail could bring us together. Culturally, it would be the greatest thing. St. Louis would boom, Cincinnati, all those train stops, all those rail heads would be back in business big-time, if we were united by rail, instead of flyover, looking down on the people, the everyday people.”
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say

    05/15/2015 4:20:44 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 374 replies
    New Yoirk Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    PHILADELPHIA — An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because...
  • Amtrak conductor heard engineer tell someone train had been struck by something, NTSB says

    05/15/2015 4:36:17 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | By Lori Aratani, Michael Laris and Luz Lazo
    An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday said she heard the engineer tell someone the train had been struck by something, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said the 39-year-old assistant conductor, interviewed for the first time Friday, could hear the radio transmissions of engineer Brandon Bostian. She heard the engineer of a SEPTA train say that the windshield of his train had been struck by something and that he had placed his train in an “emergency stop.” She said she then heard “her engineer” say he believed their train may have...
  • FBI to probe whether crashed Amtrak train was hit or shot at

    05/15/2015 4:54:09 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/15/2015 | Julian Hattem
    The FBI has been asked to investigate the possibility that the Amtrak train that crashed outside of Philadelphia was hit by a bullet or some other object. According to the The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an assistant conductor in the train’s café car claimed to have overheard a regional train engineer saying he had been “hit by a rock or shot at.”
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say

    05/15/2015 4:26:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because it has...
  • Train was hit by object before derailing: assistant conductor

    05/15/2015 4:25:41 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Danika Fears
    The 39-year-old assistant conductor was listening in on Brandon Bostian’s radio conversations with a SEPTA train engineer, who told the Amtrak engineer his train had been hit by a rock or shot at. The SEPTA engineer said he had a broken windshield and made an emergency stop, she said. Bostian also said something about his train being struck by an object, she told National Transportation Safety Board investigators Friday.
  • Speed Control Was Installed, Not On at Time of Amtrak Crash

    05/15/2015 11:16:42 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    U.S.News ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Alan Neuhauser
    A computer system that allows speeding trains to be slowed remotely – potentially averting deadly derailments – was installed in the section of track in Philadelphia where Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak crash occurred but had not been turned on, congressional sources tell U.S. News. “The PTC was installed in the section of track where the Philadelphia accident occurred, but for whatever reason had not been turned on, the PTC in that section,” Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., tells U.S. News, referring to "positive train control." His account was corroborated by Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md. “The tracks had PTC, the train had PTC,”...
  • Oh no! What does Anthony Weiner and the Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian have in Common?

    05/15/2015 10:41:12 AM PDT · by WL-law · 126 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | 5-15-15 | Shannon Knutsen - Charles Johnson
    Gotnews.com has obtained the disturbing d**k pics of #BrandonBostian, the engineer who killed at least 8 people in a horrific crash earlier this week. Bostian has lawyered up and implausibly claimed that he has no memory of the events leading up to the crash. ....
  • Investigators reportedly obtain search warrant for Amtrak engineer's phone records

    05/15/2015 5:01:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 15, 2015
    Investigators of Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia reportedly have obtained a search warrant for the cell phone records of the train engineer in an effort to determine if he was distracted in the moments leading up to the fatal crash. The Inquirer reported that police officials had discussed the possibility of pressing charges against Bostian as early in the investigation as Wednesday morning. However, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office decided there had not been enough evidence collected to do so.
  • ‘The View’ Panel Blasts Amtrak Funding Cuts, Takes Dig at Chris Christie’s Weight (Video)

    05/14/2015 8:11:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wrap ^ | May 14, 2015 | Tim Kenneally
    “Infrastructure-wise, we’re becoming a Third World country,” guest host Joy Behar says.The women of “The View” tackled a pressing issue of the week along with a decade-long argument on Thursday’s episode: the deadly Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia and America’s decision to go to war in Iraq. With Whoopi Goldberg absent from the show, Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez and Raven-Symone were joined by “View” veteran Joy Behar and model/actress Molly Sims. Given the diverse ideologies on Thursday’s panel, the conversation grew heated at times. The discussion about the train derailment in Philadelphia quickly turned to Republican efforts to cut funding...
  • NTSB: Amtrak train sped up before crash

    05/14/2015 6:13:46 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 118 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 5/14/2015 | JOSEPH A. GAMBARDELLO & ANTHONY R. WOOD
    Right before its fatal derailment on Tuesday night, Amtrak Train 188 accelerated significantly as it approached the Frankford Junction curve, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
  • Amtrak Says It Was Just Months Away From Installing Safety System

    05/14/2015 6:56:59 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and JAD MOUAWADMAY
    The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night was equipped with an automatic speed control system that officials say could have prevented the crash, which killed eight passengers and injured hundreds. But the system, which was tantalizingly close to being operational, was delayed by budgetary shortfalls, technical hurdles and bureaucratic rules, officials said Thursday. In 2008, Congress ordered the installation of what is known as positive train control systems, which can detect an out-of-control, speeding train and automatically slow it down. But because lawmakers failed to provide the railroads access to the wireless frequencies required to make the...
  • Local Amtrak conductor weighs in on derailment

    05/14/2015 6:56:31 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 86 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | May 14, 2015 | Holly Gregory
    CLEARWATER -- An Amtrak conductor on medical leave in the Bay area has watched news of the derailment in Philadelphia in disbelief. Mike Callanan worked that very northeast route for Amtrak as a conductor for five years. He even trained the conductor who was onboard when the train flew off the track, killing eight people. “It was very emotional for me," said Callanan. "These are my brothers and sisters out there. I worked with them every day on the Northeast Corridor.” Callanan is very familiar with the curve leaving Philadelphia where the derailment occurred. The speed limit is 50 miles...
  • Amtrak lost $800M on cheeseburgers and soda [pays $3.40 for a soda, $16.15 for a cheeseburger]

    05/14/2015 2:10:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 2, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Taxpayers lost $833 million over the last decade on the food and beverages supplied by Amtrak, which managed to spend $1.70 for every dollar that received in revenue. “Over the last ten years, these losses have amounted to a staggering $833.8 million,” said Rep.John Mica, R-Fla., in a statement previewing a House hearing today. “It costs passengers $9.50 to buy a cheeseburger on Amtrak, but the cost to taxpayers is $16.15. Riders pay $2.00 for a Pepsi, but each of these sodas costs the U.S. Treasury $3.40.”"Amazon.com is currently selling 24-packs of 12 ounce Pepsi cans for $8.94 -- which...
  • Amtrak.. engineer, reportedly ranted about safety: 'I wish the railroads had been more proactive'

    05/14/2015 2:08:00 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 5/14/15 | BY KELDY ORTIZ , DAREH GREGORIAN
    Brandon Bostian, crashed Amtrak train's engineer, reportedly ranted about safety: 'I wish the railroads had been more proactive' BY KELDY ORTIZ , DAREH GREGORIAN The engineer who was behind the controls of an Amtrak train that derailed going around a curve at 100 mph is a lifelong train buff who's written online about the need for better rail safety, it was reported Thursday. Brandon Bostian, writing on website Trainorders.com, criticized railroads for not installing "positive train control" systems to prevent crashes, the New York Times reported. "At any point over the previous EIGHTY years the railroad could have voluntarily implemented...
  • House speaker decries 'stupid question' about Amtrak funds

    05/14/2015 4:12:40 PM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    AP ^ | May. 14, 2015 | ALAN FRAM
    House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that this week's fatal Amtrak crash wasn't caused by a lack of federal funds and mocked a reporter for even asking about it. "Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?" he said at a news conference as a reporter started to ask about Democratic complaints that the government shortchanges the railroad.
  • Amtrak facing costly personal-injury claims from crash victims

    05/14/2015 4:06:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 32 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/14/2014 | Chris Mondics
    Amtrak likely faces hundreds of millions of dollars in claims from victims of the derailment of a northeast regional train at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to personal-injury lawyers who specialize in transportation accidents. Because Congress capped such payouts for Amtrak in 1997, money to compensate victims probably will fall short of what is needed, these lawyers say. Under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, damages paid by the government to people injured in Amtrak derailments and families of those passengers killed was limited to $200 million per crash. But with eight killed and about 200 of the...
  • Philadelphia train crash engineer lays low as scrutiny heats up

    05/14/2015 3:45:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2015 | BY JARRETT RENSHAW AND LAILA KEARNEY
    A portrait of the engineer at the helm of a speeding Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia began to emerge on Thursday as the man's lawyer said his client could not remember the crash and rescuers pulled an eighth body from the wreckage. With the engineer facing intense scrutiny over his role in the accident, Philadelphia police said they launched a criminal investigation into Tuesday's crash of the New York-bound train. Bostian was described as quiet and unassuming by people who crossed his path in Forest Hills, a middle-class section of Queens where he resides. Three workers at the nearby...
  • Regulating the Railroads in Amtrak's America

    05/14/2015 3:03:02 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 14, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia... First Day at School You’re a gym teacher at a new school, in charge of 30 kids in a gym, on your first day at work. You can’t keep your eye on all of them at once. While you were helping a couple of kids improve their free throws at one end, you hear a shout at the other end of the gym; one kid knocked another down. Scenario 1: You don’t know either kid at all, so you objectively ask the kids to all explain what happened. You...
  • Once again, democrats dance on the dead

    05/14/2015 2:12:23 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-14-15 | DrJohn
      There's something very wrong with liberals. Very, very wrong. They love to take political advantage of the dead, whether it's Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Benghazi or the Amtrak dead. The bodies of the dead in the Amtrak crash weren't cold- and perhaps hadn't even been recovered yet- when the left began using the Amtrak tragedy to hammer Republicans, blaming budget cuts for the crash. You see, it was budget cuts that made the train go twice as fast as it was supposed to be going. Predictably, the NY Times jumped in with both feet: Such spending now...
  • Amtrak crash probe focuses on engineer, who says he can't remember what happened

    05/14/2015 9:35:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 14,2015 | FoxNews.Com
    The Amtrak engineer involved in a crash Tuesday evening that killed at least seven near Philadelphia has no recollection of the crash and can offer investigators few details of the incident, his lawyer said.