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  • Routes for proposed Houston-Dallas bullet trains unveiled

    10/23/2014 6:06:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Dug Begley
    Observers have long known that only a few options were available for the route of the privately funded high-speed train line between Houston and Dallas. Now a firmer picture of where the trains might run is emerging. (Photo courtesy of JR Central) (Photo courtesy of JR Central) As part of the federally required process to evaluate the line, the Federal Railroad Administration and Texas Department of Transportation released maps of the nine routes they are considering and the two chosen for deeper evaluation. The lines that didn’t make the final cut seem to be a bit longer, or else have...
  • Tunnel could boost high-speed rail cost ( California )

    08/11/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | August 9, 2014 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The cost of the high-speed rail project might be going above the current estimate of $68 billion. The California High-Speed Rail Authority recently announced a strategic shift to consider an alternative for its 40-mile Palmdale-to-Burbank link. Instead of the current plan of running it parallel to the Palmdale Freeway, the new line would run through a tunnel under the San Gabriel Mountains. According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who has advanced the idea, the tunnel would be about 15 miles long. ... it’s possible to calculate a rough — very rough – estimate. Let’s start with something we...
  • A high-speed train wreck for Obama and liberalism

    08/08/2014 12:42:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/08/2014 | Philip Klein
    Few of President Obama's initiatives are more emblematic of his early ambitions to be a transformational liberal leader than his vision for connecting the nation with a vast high-speed rail network. The dream of building a system of bullet trains in the United States akin to what exists in Europe involves massive and sustained government spending, more money for unions, and promises to move the nation away from car-based transportation. Thus, it represents everything that excites American liberals. Obama’s February 2009 economic stimulus package committed $8 billion to 79 projects spanning 31 states that were to lay the groundwork for...
  • Obama’s $11 Billion High Speed Rail to Nowhere

    08/08/2014 5:26:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/08/2014 | By Brianna Ehley
    The Obama administration has spent almost $11 billion to build a high-speed rail system that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Since 2009, the president has been pushing for the United States to have a bullet-train-like system similar to those found in Europe and Asia, but a combination of setbacks and dwindling support from states and Congress has slowed the project to a halt, The New York Times first reported. Just last month, Congress rejected the administration’s request for an additional $10 billion for high-speed rail and last year, three governors canceled their federal funding for the projects—deeming them too...
  • Amtrak train leaves Penn Station for Washington, D.C., without its passengers [High-Speed Train]

    08/04/2014 5:25:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | August 3, 2014 | Rich Schapiro
    Scores of travelers were stranded after the Acela Express 2253 took off from one platform about 3 p.m. — while they were waiting at another and unaware the train was leaving them behind. An Amtrak train bound for Washington pulled away from Penn Station on Saturday without some pretty important cargo: its passengers. ... They literally sent us to the wrong platform, and the conductor took off without any passengers,” said Damien Miano, 60, of Chelsea. “The right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. It was just so bizarre.” Miano said he and the other abandoned travelers...
  • California Clears A Major Hurdle Toward Building Nation's Most Ambitious High-Speed Rail System

    08/01/2014 8:04:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/01/2014
    A California appeals court has ruled a state authority may issue $8 billion in bonds to help finance a high-speed rail system in the most populous U.S. state, removing a substantial obstacle to the proposed $68 billion plan. In overturning on Thursday a state court's 2013 ruling, the three-judge panel in Sacramento said the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is overseeing the high-speed rail project, "properly found that issuance of bonds for the project necessary or desirable," court documents show. The panel also vacated a lower court order that the state redo its financial plan for the project. The rail...
  • Rock slide damages NY train tracks, halts service

    07/19/2014 9:00:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    AP ^ | Jul 19, 2014
    Tumbling rocks north of New York City have damaged a stretch of train tracks in the nation's second-largest commuter rail system, suspending service and leaving hundreds of passengers without rides. ... The rock slide is the latest headache for a railroad recovering from two major accidents and myriad service disruptions. In December, a Metro-North Hudson Line train derailed in the Bronx, killing four passengers and injuring more than 70 others. In May 2013, a train heading east from New York City to New Haven derailed and was hit by a westbound train outside Bridgeport
  • Boeing Fuselages In Montana River After Train Derails

    07/06/2014 10:28:10 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 21 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 04 July 2014
    SUPERIOR, MT -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river. [Photo in Comments]
  • California, Amtrak end joint high-speed train bid

    06/22/2014 7:46:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 20, 2014 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    The agencies said their needs are too different and manufacturers are not yet ready to build trains that can run on both Amtrak's 100-year-old rail lines and the high-speed corridors planned for California's system. ... Several unfavorable court rulings have also delayed work. In the most high-profile case, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge halted the sale of $8.6 billion in state rail bonds and ordered the state to write a new funding plan, delaying work on the first 28-mile segment from Madera to Fresno. The state has appealed. But the $108 billion budget that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed...
  • France's new trains too wide for old stations

    05/21/2014 10:15:43 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-05-21 | staff
    France’s SNCF rail network has ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for hundreds of station platforms, entailing costly repairs, the national operator announced on Tuesday. A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly, Le Canard Enchaîné, in its Wednesday edition. “We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score,” Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio station, adding that the new trains would “meet the demands of the public” and that only 1,300 of 8,700 platforms needed work. Construction...
  • French rail company orders 2,000 trains too wide for platforms

    05/20/2014 6:44:29 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-20-14 | Gerard Bon and Elizabeth Pineau,
    France's national rail company SNCF said on Tuesday it had ordered 2,000 trains for an expanded regional network that are too wide for many station platforms, entailing costly repairs. A spokesman for the RFF national rail operator confirmed the error, first reported by satirical weekly Canard Enchaine in its Wednesday edition. "We discovered the problem a bit late, we recognise that and we accept responsibility on that score," Christophe Piednoel told France Info radio.
  • French railway operator SNCF orders hundreds of new trains that are too big

    05/21/2014 7:06:04 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Wednesday 21 May 2014 07.03 EDT | Kim Willsher in Paris
    France's national railway operator SNCF has ordered 2,000 new trains that are too large for many of the stations they are due to serve. The train operator has admitted failing to verify measurements it was given by the rail operator before ordering its new rolling stock. The costly mistake has sparked an urgent €50m operation to modify 1,300 platforms on the regional network. SNCF has admitted that one in six regional train stations is affected. In the worst cases it has discovered two trains can no longer pass each other on adjacent lines.The French minister of transport described the situation...
  • LAT Buries the Lede: Calif. Rail Authority Tried to Intimidate Consultants to Hide $1B Cost Overrun

    05/11/2014 1:50:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 11, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    The estimated cost of the initial segment of California's bullet train, Golden State Governor Jerry Brown's pet project, has (excuse the pun) just shot up from $6.19 billion to $7.13 billion. If this is the only overrun encountered in this opening phase, which would be atypical, and if the California High Speed Rail Authority has similar experiences on the remainder of the project, assuming it's ever completed, its cost will rise from a currently estimated $68 billion to about $78 billion. Obviously a big cost overrun is news. But normally, evidence of an attempted government coverup of such an overrun...
  • Amtrak train strikes, kills person in Connecticut

    05/09/2014 9:42:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    WCVB-TV ^ | May 09, 2014
    Amtrak train en route from Boston to Washington. ... It was the second accident involving an Amtrak train in Connecticut this week. An Amtrak Acela Express struck and killed a man in Groton on Monday.
  • California: Hey, why aren’t we using cap-and-trade taxes to finance this high-speed rail boondoggle?

    04/26/2014 5:05:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/26/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Once upon a time, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration was blithely professing confidence that they wouldn’t need to hit up taxpaying Californians to continue financing his pet high-speed rail project beyond the initial $10 billion in bonds he asked for (not to mention a casual few billion in stimulus funds from the Obama administration), because private investors would almost assuredly come a’clamoring to drop major dollars in what he felt — and apparently still feels — is an amazingly practical and affordable transit project.How’s that working out? Via the WSJ: As envisioned, California’s $68 billion bullet-train system, the nation’s first, would...
  • Hodges' 1st 100 days: Building relationships, slowly and steadily ( Somali Muslims in MN )

    04/09/2014 12:59:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | April 7, 2014 | MAYA RAO
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges .. hours after she lost the Southwest light-rail vote, she visited a Somali mall on E. 24th Street in a blue hijab, accompanied by her Somali liaison, Abdirahman Muse. Hodges’ office said she is fulfilling many of the promises she put forth in a 100-day plan for the Somali community, including asking the city attorney for a review of small business regulations. In an upstairs room, Somali shopkeepers praised her for showing up, and poured out their concerns through translators, telling her they needed more space to park, more opportunities for idle youth, and more Somali...
  • 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...
  • Jerry Brown resorts to old people joke to sell faltering high speed rail project

    03/19/2014 7:26:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/19/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    It takes a lot of chutzpah for a 76 year old who is sounding increasingly like Grandpa Simpson to make an old people joke. Or maybe it is just a lack of self-awareness. Even worse, it wasn’t funny, even if the audience of labor union stooges laughed. The Sacramento Bee reports: Gov. Jerry Brown has a new argument for high-speed rail: Get senior citizens off the road. "There's a lot of old people who shouldn't be driving," the Democratic governor joked at a dinner hosted by labor leaders in Sacramento on Monday night. "They should be sitting in a nice train car...
  • The Liberal Love for High-Speed Rail

    02/13/2014 7:04:32 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 57 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    There are few things in life that progressive liberals love more than spending other people's money. When ensconced in government, they spend money for freely than a sailor in port who's been at sea for six months. Even when they're not in government, they look for ways to spend our hard-earned tax dollars by pushing ballot initiatives. One type of project in particular seems to excite liberals into a frenzy: high-speed rail. On the surface, you would think that progressive liberals and high-speed rail are an odd mix. You have to use fuel to run a train. You have to...
  • This high-speed rail thing is kinda’ becoming a disaster for Jerry Brown

    01/13/2014 8:46:11 PM PST · by dennisw · 43 replies
    hotair ^ | JANUARY 7, 2014 | BY ERIKA JOHNSEN
    California’s ludicrously ambitious plan to build a high-speed railway connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco has been besieged with all kinds of problems from almost the moment of its official conception, but let that not restrain California Democrats from doubling down on what they seem to view as their iliadic quest to make high-speed rail happen. Back in August, a judge declared that the project had already violated the 2008 ballot initiative that first authorized the $10 billion in bonds for the 500-mile train, because the state didn't actually having funding sources on the books for the $31 billion required...
  • Sanity: California lawmaker submits a plan to put high-speed rail back on the ballot

    01/13/2014 7:38:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown released his headdesk-worthy budgetary plans for divvying up the first round of a planned state budget surplus, largely borne of the temporary tax hike voters elected to add via the ballot measure Proposition 30 in 2012: Namely, to use the ‘extra’ $4.2 billion in revenue to practically gloss over the state’s hundreds of billions in debt while growing their general-fund spending by more than eight percent. Part of that esteemed plan includes a provision to redirect some funds away from California’s cap-and-trade fund and into the high-speed rail boondoggle that Brown insists upon wearing...
  • New York Times: This high-speed rail thing is kinda’ becoming a disaster for Jerry Brown

    01/07/2014 8:08:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    California’s ludicrously ambitious plan to build a high-speed railway connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco has been besieged with all kinds of problems from almost the moment of its official conception, but let that not restrain California Democrats from doubling down on what they seem to view as their iliadic quest to make high-speed rail happen. Back in August, a judge declared that the project had already violated the 2008 ballot initiative that first authorized the $10 billion in bonds for the 500-mile train, because the state didn’t actually having funding sources on the books for the $31 billion required...
  • There's Time to Stop the Next Big Boondoggle

    12/01/2013 1:37:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    A few things have happened since California voters approved $10 billion in bonds for a $45 billion California High-Speed Rail project -- which promised to take passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 40 minutes -- in 2008. Most recently, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny blocked the release of $8 billion in bonds because the California High-Speed Rail Authority "abused its discretion" by not complying with the law. Kenny found that the bullet train board failed to show how it expects to fund itself and lacks all the environmental clearances needed for the system's initial...
  • California high speed rail boondoggle blocked by judge

    11/26/2013 10:42:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 26, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    California's plan to squander potentially hundreds of billions of dollars on a "high speed" rail line that would achieve average speeds no higher than railroads routinely achieved a century ago has hit a serious roadblock. Melody Gutierrez of the San Francisco Chronicle reports: A Sacramento judge put the brakes on California's plans to build a bullet train after dual rulings Monday blocked the sale of $8 billion in bonds and ordered the rail authority to rewrite its funding plans for the huge project. Sacramento County Superior Court JudgeMichael Kenny ruled that there was "no evidence in the record" to support...
  • Amtrak Investigates How Train Headed To NYC Ends Up In Bala Cynwyd [PA]

    11/20/2013 12:57:54 PM PST · by Third Person · 78 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | November 19th, 2013 | Elizabeth Hur
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amtrak wants to know how one of its trains took a wrong turn and got lost in the Philadelphia suburbs. Worried and baffled were most travelers at 30th Street Station Tuesday night. Mike Roberts of Coatesville said, “Wow, that’s crazy. That’s not professional at all. How could that happen?” It sounds wild, but Amtrak officials confirm it did happen and what they can tell us so far is this: Amtrak Train 644 that left 30th Street Station for New York City accidentally ended up on the SEPTA tracks. The train actually traveled several miles before the mistake...
  • Muni Train Takes Off Without Driver, Passenger Hits the Brakes

    11/15/2013 11:50:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wed., Nov. 13 2013 | Erin Sherbert
    Muni passengers were taken for a wild ride this morning after their train car departed the station without the driver aboard. According to the Chron, at about 10:15 a.m. the KT-Ingleside/Third Street train was about to leave the Castro Street station when the operator spotted a problem with one of the train doors. The operator hopped out to fix the issue, and that's when the real problems began. Perhaps the operator forgot to employ the emergency brake, but for unknown reasons the train loaded with passengers took off -- leaving the operator behind. As the train rolled away -- headed...
  • Heart-ache: Locals not thrilled with start of $68 billion California high-speed rail construction

    10/21/2013 1:52:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/21/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    California continues to go full speed ahead on its high-speed rail project connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco, as construction starts far away from either end of the system in the Central Valley. The engineers have arrived to start the first 30-mile leg to and from a city that few will want to visit on the line, and the locals aren’t exactly impressed. In fact, they’re getting angrier as the project slowly rolls forward: Now, engineering work has finally begun on the first 30-mile (48-kilometer) segment of track here in Fresno, a city of a half-million people with soaring unemployment...
  • California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail .. Would 'Span the State'

    10/20/2013 5:42:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    NewsBusters. ^ | October 20, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    In a Sunday morning report which tries to put the best possible face on a project which appears to be on track to make the $22 billion "Big Dig" in Massachusetts look like a petty cash disbursement, Juliet Williams at the Associated Press claimed that the $68 billion involved thus far "would span the state." No it wouldn't, unless all of the formerly Golden State north of the San Francisco Bay Area — roughly one-fourth of the state's land mass — were to secede. Williams also wrote: "Voters in 2008 approved $10 billion in bonds to start construction on an...
  • Big setback for California high-speed rail project

    08/21/2013 2:40:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    sfgate ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | AP
    Sacramento -- Dealing a major blow to California's high-speed rail project, a Sacramento County judge ruled Friday that the agency overseeing the bullet train failed to comply with the financial and environmental promises made to voters when they approved initial funding for the project five years ago. Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny said the California High-Speed Rail Authority "abused its discretion by approving a funding plan that did not comply with the requirements of the law" and has failed to identify "sources of funds that were more than merely theoretically possible." Yet he declined to immediately halt funding for the...
  • Al-Qaeda 'targeting European rail network': report

    08/19/2013 5:06:51 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 5 replies
    France 24 ^ | 19 August 2013
    AFP - Al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on Europe's high-speed rail network, German mass circulation daily Bild reported on Monday, citing intelligence sources. The extremist group could plant explosives on trains and tunnels or sabotage tracks and electrical cabling, said Bild, Europe's most widely read daily. Bild said the information came from the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States, which had listened in to a conference call involving top Al-Qaeda operatives. The attacks on Europe's rail network was a "central topic" of this call, Bild said.
  • Report on KL-Singapore high-speed rail link finalised

    08/04/2013 8:28:10 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 4 replies
    Malay Mail ^ | 08/03/2013 | Bernama
    SINGAPORE, Aug 3 — Malaysia has finalised its full report on the proposed high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Local television Channel NewsAsia reported Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal, chief executive officer of the Malaysia Land Public Transport Commission, as saying that the two sides will meet after the Aidil Fitri celebrations at the end of the month. He said: “The base line alignment and all that is done. But of course, minor changes can still happen. We are just starting the process of engagement and discussion with the Singapore side, with the joint ministerial committee meeting up...
  • 74% Rarely or Never Use Mass Transit

    08/08/2013 6:36:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 06, 2013
    just six percent (6%) of American Adults use mass transit services such as buses, subways, trains or ferries every day or nearly every day. ... three-out-of-four Americans (74%) say they rarely or never use mass transit
  • Light-Rail to Nowhere: Honolulu, Hawaii's Train Boondoggle

    08/05/2013 6:52:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | August 1, 2013 | Sharif Matar
    there's no reason to believe the Honolulu's rail project will do anything to improve traffic congestion. In fact, it's likely to divert resources from more-affordable solutions. "The one thing about these projects [is that] they are very inviting politically," says former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano. Along with Cliff Slater of Honolulutraffic.com and University of Hawaii's Roth, Cayetano has filed a federal lawsuit against the rail project that's held up construction. They claim the city misled the public about the total cost of the project and didn't deliver fully on a required review of alternative solutions to a rail line. Panos...
  • Swiss Train Collision: 44 Injured in Head-On Crash (VIDEO)

    07/29/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 29, 2013 | Brittney R. Villalva
    A head on collision involving two commuter trains in Switzerland has resulted in the injury of 44 people. The collision occurred between the cities of Moudon and Payerne at about 6:50 p.m. local time, reports said. It is unclear at this point what caused the collision to occur. "We don't know why this crash happened," Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN. "There is currently no train service between these two cities until midnight tonight at least."
  • Train in Spanish crash was 'travelling at double the speed limit'

    07/25/2013 3:21:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/25/2013 | Fiona Govan
    The carriages careened off the tracks at a curve approaching the station at Santiago where the limit is set at 80 km per hour (50mph). But one of the drivers has admitted that the train took the curve at a speed of around 190km per hour, according to local media reports quoting sources close to the investigation. Alberto Nunez Feijoo, president of the region of Galicia, described the scene as "Dante-esque". "I saw a woman who had lost one foot," said Lidia Cannon, a tourist visiting the local fiesta. "But instead of crying or shouting or whatever because of the...
  • French rail crash horror as train smashes into platform south of Paris

    07/12/2013 1:04:17 PM PDT · by Shery · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 7.12.2013 | By ANTHONY BOND and PETER ALLEN
    At least seven people have been killed and 60 seriously injured after a packed passenger train derailed south of Paris this evening. The high speed intercity train was travelling from the French capital to the city of Limoges when it derailed onto its side in a train station in the suburb of Bretigny-sur-Orge at about 3.15pm GMT. The accident has left seven people dead, with the victims being crushed to death or electrocuted. Rescue workers are now Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362061/Seven-people-crushed-death-electrocuted-French-rail-crash-horror-train-smashes-platform-south-Paris.html#ixzz2Yraf3s12
  • Feds Approve First Leg Of High-Speed Rail (Money Pit)

    06/14/2013 9:26:47 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority won approval Thursday from a federal railroad oversight board to start construction this summer on the first leg of what would be the nation's first bullet train. In a 67-page decision issued Thursday, the Surface Transportation Board ruled 2-1 that the state could begin work on the first 65 miles of the project from Merced to Fresno, as long as it maintains the current route and follows through on promises to mitigate damage to the environment caused by construction. The STB's ruling removes a key hurdle for the rail authority to start construction of the...
  • The Great Train Robbery: High-speed rail is like Solyndra on steroids.

    05/26/2013 3:10:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 2013 | John Fund
    NOTHING FITS the Obama administration’s economic project better than high-speed rail. It’s based on visions of a utopian future, employs gobs of union labor in its construction, can be used to reward political allies and donors, and makes use of analysts eager to churn out dubious studies justifying it on economic grounds. Call it Solyndra on steroids. The poster child for high-speed rail is California’s proposed 500-mile bullet train from Anaheim to San Francisco. Since it would begin at Disneyland and end at cultural la-la land, critics can’t resist snarking that the train would be on a fast track from...
  • Foxnews: Train Derails In Connecticut, 25 Injured

    05/17/2013 4:18:09 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 33 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 5/17/13 | Harris Faulkner
    Fox is reporting a train has derailed in Connecticut. 20 to 25 injured. Two trains collided.
  • Deadbeat, bankrupt Illinois now in charge of high-speed rail buying spree

    04/28/2013 4:48:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Illinois Watchdog ^ | 04/01/2013 | By Ben Yount
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is looking for the railroad equivalent of a unicorn — a super-fast, super-clean, super-cheap locomotive that is not real. The Federal Railroad Administration has placed Illinois in charge of buying 35 new, “next generation” locomotives to serve the to-be built high-speed rail lines in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, California and Washington, even though the locomotives do not yet exist. “Currently these are not being manufactured,” said Joe Schacter, high-speed rail point man for the Illinois Department of Transportation. “We are fully confident that such a locomotive can be manufactured and will be manufactured.” Schacter said Illinois has $175...
  • Guess whose Company won the bid for CA high speed rail?

    04/24/2013 6:56:41 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 32 replies
    The Daily Paul (yes, that Paul) ^ | 4/24/2013 | "RonPaul4Prez2012 "
    Dirty Business as Usual at California High Speed Rail From the article: Out of the entire universe of those who could have won the first phase construction contract for California’s high speed rail boondoggle, who would stand out as the last person who would win it if there were no political patronage. Put another way, who is the most likely person to win it if there is political patronage? Both questions have the same answer: Richard Blum, the husband of California senator Diane Feinstein. So, who won the contract? Blum, of course, as the principle owner of Tutor Perini, the...
  • Study: CA High-Speed Rail Will Lose $124-$373 Million A Year

    04/13/2013 11:59:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    Breitbart - Reason Foundation ^ | 13 Apr 2013 | Wynton Hall
    the California High-Speed Rail System will saddle taxpayers with losses between $124 million to $373 million a year. Exaggerated ridership estimates and slower-than-promised trip speeds make the California bullet train project a big financial loser for taxpayers... ... The [California High-Speed Rail Authority’s] financing assertions are virtual fantasy
  • Chinese bullet train leader charged with corruption

    04/10/2013 3:47:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 10, 2013, 10:32 a.m. | Chris Megerian
    As Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to build California’s own high-speed rail system, he’s pointed to the example set by China, where 5,000 miles of track have been laid in recent years. … But one day before Brown steps aboard, an embarrassing episode involving the railroad is being shoved back into the spotlight in China. The man who led construction of the country’s high-speed rail system is facing corruption charges, the Associated Press reported. …
  • 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...
  • Here's What An American High Speed Rail Network Could Look Like (See the map)

    02/06/2013 8:05:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/06/2013 | Alex Davis
    High speed rail is moving forward in California, but progress is pretty stagnant around the rest of the country. Still, there are a lot of proposals out there, and when placed on one map, they form an impressive rail network. This map was put together by California Rail Map, led by Alfred Twu, which combined existing proposals from high speed rail advocacy groups around the US. The US High Speed Rail Association, a nonprofit trade association, predicts a network similar to this one could be in place by 2030. Transporation Secretary Ray LaHood has called for a large HSR network,...
  • HS2: “Rushed” plans will drive high speed rail link through heart of rural England, say Tory MPs

    01/28/2013 2:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:09PM GMT 28 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    The Department for Transport has unveiled its plans for the northern section of the controversial HS2 railway, but has faced anger from Tories representing constituencies along the route who say it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and “blight” lives. The 225-mph trains will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. It emerged that plans to connect the £32-billion ($50 billion) train line directly to Heathrow have been put on hold until the Davies Commission on airport capacity has reported. …
  • Jerry Brown: Government-Funded High Speed Rail is “Little Engine That Could”

    01/24/2013 10:26:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown compared efforts by the California state government to build the first-ever high speed rail project in the United States to the popular children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.” … Earlier in his remarks, Brown cited high-speed rail projects in countries such as China, Spain, and Morocco as part of the justification for the project in California. …
  • Ed Lee talks of tearing down end of I-280 [San Francisco]

    01/21/2013 7:33:25 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, January 20, 2013 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Mayor Ed Lee is floating the idea of tearing down the stub end of Interstate 280 in San Francisco in hopes of creating a new neighborhood and speeding up the arrival of high-speed rail service downtown. The idea, laid out by the mayor's chief transit planner, Gillian Gillett, in a memo to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, would be to knock down I-280 before 16th Street - eliminating the ramps both at Sixth and Brannan streets and at Fourth and King streets. It would be replaced by a street-level boulevard akin to those built after the Embarcadero and Central freeways...
  • Rep. Denham: Not 'one more penny' for Calif. high-speed railway

    01/16/2013 4:32:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2013 | Keith Laing
    The House lawmaker responsible for oversight of the nation's railways promised Wednesday to use his new position to put the brakes on a controversial high-speed railway in his state. California Rep. Jeff Denham (R) was appointed chairman of the House Transportation Committee's Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee Wednesday. Denham has sought previously to deny federal funding for the proposed California high-speed railway, and he said Wednesday afternoon in an interview with The Hill that he would use his new perch to keep the up roadblock. "I've obviously taken a very storing position about California high-speed rail and I'm going...
  • Hahn: High-Speed Rail Project ‘Critical’ To Calif., U.S. Economy

    12/06/2012 2:25:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 6, 2012 1:08 PM | Jan Stevens
    TORRANCE (CBSLA.com) — A Southern California Congresswoman Thursday defended plans for a high-speed rail project despite spiraling costs and concerns about its long-term viability. KNX 1070′s Jan Stevens reports Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Torrance) clashed with a Bakersfield lawmaker during a Transportation Committee hearing in Washington. State legislators in July approved nearly $8 billion in spending on the first phase of the rail project that will ultimately connect the Southland to San Francisco. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) appealed to the Committee to review the business plan and to assess the viability of investing more funds into the project. “There are...