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  • Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress

    06/15/2017 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WXOW News 19 ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erica Werner (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. The White House's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Crossing Gate Issues Plague RTD, Denver Transit Partners Want Out

    06/09/2017 8:29:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    CBS4 ^ | June 8, 2017
    DENVER - The future of RTD commuter rail lines may be in question after its private business partner claims there is no solution to a lingering problem. In a letter to RTD, Denver Transit Partners said the crossing gate timing issue won’t be fixed by the deadline. Denver Transit Partners is made up of the group of contractors who built and maintain the A Line, B Line and the future G Line. At issue, the crossing gates that must be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because of a computer glitch. ... The crossing gate technology does...
  • Knorr Brake to add 200 jobs to Westminster facility (Maryland)

    05/26/2017 11:15:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 25, 2017 | Carrie Wells
    Westminster-based Knorr Brake Co., which makes brakes, doors and HVAC systems for mass-transit rail lines, will add 200 new jobs over the next six years, the Maryland Department of Commerce announced Thursday. The company will add 30,000 square feet of space to its facility at the Westminster Technology Park, investing $2.2 million. The company built its facility there in 2013. The Maryland Department of Commerce will provide a $700,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund to help the company expand. Knorr Brake currently has 280 full-time employees....
  • Cuomo asks Trump for help with disastrous Penn Station

    05/22/2017 6:51:26 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 49 replies
    In a letter to Trump dated May 21, Cuomo requested “the federal government treat this as an emergency situation” and asked Trump to provide funding for construction and transportation alternatives, as well as for a long-term solution.
  • Head of California high-speed rail project calls it quits

    05/06/2017 12:53:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 60 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 21 April 2017 | Kurtis Alexander
    California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project said Friday that he’s stepping down after five years pushing forward a vision of 220-mph trains that still faces stiff resistance from lawmakers and the public. Jeff Morales, 57, told The Chronicle that uncertainty over the project’s future had nothing to do with his resignation, only a genuine desire to move aside after breaking ground on the nation’s largest infrastructure project. “We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress, from being at a standstill to having $3 billion-plus of construction under way,” he said. “Frankly, I didn’t think I’d be here for five years. I...
  • Leaked Memo: De Blasio's Streetcar May Not Pay For Itself

    04/14/2017 1:32:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | April 14, 2017 | Nathan Tempey
    Mayor de Blasio's developer-backed Brooklyn-Queens streetcar project may not pay for itself as he has promised it will, according to a draft memo prepared for Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and obtained by reporters. The 16-mile BQX streetcar line from Sunset Park to Astoria is premised on the idea that building the streetcar line will boost property values, prompt more construction, and create jobs along the line, which will in turn generate enough tax revenue to cover $2.5 billion in bonds used to build the thing. However, since de Blasio announced the project in 2016, development and tax experts have pointed...
  • Republican Backed Jerry Brown’s Gas Tax for $400 Million Pork Project

    04/09/2017 10:28:00 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 26 replies
    Breitbart. ^ | 9 Apr 2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Los Angeles Times reported early Sunday morning that Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders in the state legislature made $1 billion in side deals to ensure the passage of a 12-cent hike in the state gasoline tax last week. ... One of the more prominent deals was the one that secured the vote of State Sen. Anthony Canella (R-Ceres), who was the only Republican in either chamber to support the measure, which includes raised fees at the Department of Motor Vehicles. That side deal turns out to have been the costliest of all, amounting to $400 million in pork...
  • Judge allows California high-speed rail funding to continue

    03/22/2017 3:33:09 PM PDT · by davikkm · 23 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge is rejecting opponents’ latest attempt to stall California’s $64 billion high-speed rail project. But Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Raymond Cadei said Wednesday that he will consider their arguments before the state issues voter-approved bonds next month. He set a hearing for next month to consider their motion for a preliminary injunction.
  • California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

    03/21/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/21/2017
    State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state's voters...
  • The dream of high-speed rail in California is taking longer and costing more

    03/14/2017 12:36:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 14, 2017 | By KURT SNIBBE
    In 2008, Californians approved a high-speed rail project that has become one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation. The dream of taking a train from Southern California to San Francisco in about three hours is chugging along, but facing new barriers. The original plan voters opted for in 2008 was titled the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century. When voters approved the measure, the estimated cost of the project was $40 billion. The 2016 business plan reviewed by the Legislative Analysts Office estimated a cost of $64 billion. WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO...
  • Light rail could stall with Mercer Island's plan to sue Sound Transit, WSDOT

    02/21/2017 7:54:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Tuesday, February 14th 2017 | Gabe Cohen
    MERCER ISLAND, Wash. - The city of Mercer Island plans to sue Sound Transit and the State Department of Transportation over I-90 access, which could freeze the East Light construction project set to begin in June. The City Council unanimously approved the legal action Monday during a packed council meeting. They plan to sue both agencies and seek a moratorium on the construction as they search for short-term solutions to their traffic concerns. In response to the authorized legal action, Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff released a statement calling the decision “highly regrettable.” “While Sound Transit remains ready to reach...
  • WA Governor Directs $1M to Study High-Speed Rail

    02/21/2017 3:18:18 PM PST · by Publius · 46 replies
    Next City ^ | 14 February 2017 | Rachel Dovey
    The idea of a high-speed train connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland was floated by a private organization last year. Now, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has set aside $1 million in his new state budget to study whether such an idea has legs (or, more accurately, rails). According to Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center, the region has the right geography for a high-speed line, CBC News reports. "They’re the right distance where it's small enough that the train would compete very well with an airplane," he told the news site. "If you get too much longer, then...
  • Obama wanted to be the high-speed rail president. It might be Trump instead.

    02/11/2017 4:53:52 PM PST · by repentant_pundit · 54 replies
    McClatchy ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | CURTIS TATE
    Could Donald Trump be the president who brings high-speed rail to America? The Obama administration spent nearly $10 billion to improve passenger rail service across the country. While it accomplished that goal to some degree, it did not build the faster trains passengers can ride in Europe, Japan and China. Trains in other countries can travel 200 mph or more, but no train in the United States as yet travels faster than 150 mph. Most go much more slowly than that. Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure, and he has expressed interest in improving roads, bridges,...
  • Why trains run down grizzlies: After six years of study, Parks Canada, CP blame the bears

    02/09/2017 12:41:11 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | Michelle Jarvie
    Some wildlife activists and Banff business owners are voicing disappointment over recently released results of a $1-million, five-year study into bear deaths on train tracks in mountain national parks. Jim Pissot of WildCanada Conservation Alliance, says the recommendations to create alternative habitat and escape routes, manage vegetation, install early warning systems and electric mats ignore one glaring reason grizzlies are attracted to the tracks — spilled grain from rail cars. “Bizarrely, after six years of study, Parks Canada and Canadian Pacific have blamed the bears,” said Pissot. “They are determined that the bears, wolves and other wildlife must change their...
  • CT Senator Richard Blumenthal almost hit by speeding train while talking about commuter rail safety

    02/09/2017 8:19:21 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 19 replies
    New Yor Daily News ^ | 04/19/2014 | Michael Sorrentino
    A speeding train barreled right through U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) Friday press conference that was, ironically, on commuter rail safety. “Safety as you know it is paramount …” Blumenthal said just before an Amtrak train whizzed by near him, pausing the conference. Video of the moment from KHON2 shows the politician at the Milford, Conn., train station on a narrow platform where he is standing near the yellow warning strip, while he and another man standing even closer to the tracks held a visual aid from blowing away as the train breezed by.
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential [tr]

    01/14/2017 6:33:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2017 2:45 PM | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning,...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun...

    01/13/2017 1:38:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Ralph Vartabedian
    California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices...
  • Metro’s crumbling crossties may be too small to begin with

    11/17/2016 10:13:41 AM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 17, 2016 | Max Smith
    The Federal Transit Administration is raising questions about whether Metro rail ties are the proper size to keep tracks safely in place. A federal inspection report released Wednesday says inspectors have “consistently noted” WMATA crossties on mainline track that are 7 1/2 inches. Metro’s own standards call for rail ties at switches to have at least an 8-inch face. The inspection report noted that as of Sept. 24, Metro had not responded to federal inspectors’ questions about crossties that are a half inch narrower than internal standards. It is not clear how many of the smaller crossties exist in the...
  • Divers find 106-year-old locomotive in Lake Superior

    10/06/2016 6:49:42 AM PDT · by Larry Lucido · 43 replies
    ClickOnDetroit ^ | August 24, 2016 | Ken Haddad
    A locomotive that derailed and plunged from a cliff into Lake Superior has been discovered after 106 years. Canadian Pacific Railway Locomotive No. 694 was discovered by shipwreck hunters in July, about 230 feet deep in the waters of Lake Superior, near Marathon, Ontario. The wreck claimed three lives on the morning of June 10, 1910.
  • Amtrak Service Resumes After Train Derailment in NYC

    10/05/2016 9:59:09 AM PDT · by milford421 · 12 replies
    From the article: "New York fire officials said several train cars came off the tracks at Longwood Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard in Hunts Point, Bronx, Wednesday morning."