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  • Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

    01/16/2018 3:22:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2018 5:21 PM EST | Kathleen Ronayne
    Officials increased the cost estimate for the first phase of California’s high speed rail project by 35 percent on Tuesday, to $10.6 billion. That would put the entire cost of the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles at roughly $67 billion, although officials said they hope to recover the newly announced costs later. […] The $2.8 billion price jump is for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the Central Valley, which is partially under construction. The fresh costs are due to trouble acquiring rights of way for the track, the need to build more barriers along the tracks and other...
  • Missouri man who carried out Amtrak attack faces terrorism charges, FBI say

    01/06/2018 7:26:53 AM PST · by Joe Dallas · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/18 | Kathleen Joyce
    A Missouri man whose bizarre antics on an Amtrak train in October landed him in jail now faces terrorism charges. Taylor Michael Wilson, 26, of St. Charles, Miss., allegedly forced his way into the train engineer’s cab while in southwest Nebraska and pulled the emergency brakes. He then made odd statements like, “I’m the conductor b----“ and “what are you going to do, shoot me?” NBC News reported. The FBI believes Wilson is a white supremacist who is a member of a neo-Nazi group, authorities said. Wilson, 26, was charged in December with “terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad...
  • Trump administration shuts down $13 billion Obama-era Amtrak plan

    01/01/2018 2:23:50 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 31, 2017 | Kelly Cohen
    The Trump administration has shut down a $13 billion federal spending plan to rebuild an Amtrak project between New York and New Jersey. According to a letter obtained by Crain’s New York Business, the administration called the deal proposed by former President Barack Obama — which would have been half paid for by the federal government — “non-existent.” “Your letter also references a non-existent '50/50' agreement between [the Department of Transportation], New York, and New Jersey. There is no such agreement," wrote Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator K. Jane Williams in a Friday letter. “We consider it unhelpful to reference...
  • Deadly Amtrak crash and sharp tax cuts suggest Americans’ lack of respect for common good

    12/22/2017 9:41:36 AM PST · by MAGA2017 · 68 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/20/2017 | Jerry Large
    Machines and structures fail sometimes, but the human factor is at the heart of dangers we face time after time, from global warming to traffic collisions. People make mistakes. The human factor likely played a role in Monday’s fatal Amtrak train derailment near Olympia. There will be a long investigation, but early indications are that the rails and the train functioned as they are supposed to, which leaves questions about the people at the controls. When something goes wrong, the fault can be with the people who operate equipment, the people who design systems, the people who decide how much...
  • Audio: Mayor predicted people will 'get killed' on Amtrak route

    12/19/2017 6:48:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    KING5.COM ^ | 12/18/2017
    Audio: Mayor predicted people will 'get killed' on Amtrak route "It’s virtually inevitable that someone is going to get killed that wouldn’t be killed otherwise," Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson warned WSDOT about the new high-speed route. Author: Susannah Frame Published: 10:37 PM PST December 18, 2017 Two weeks before a high-speed Amtrak train derailed near DuPont, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson warned the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) that the route could be deadly without additional safety precautions.
  • Mayor warned about new Amtrak line before derailment

    12/19/2017 6:59:00 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 18, 2017 | Bruce Golding
    The mayor of a city near the scene of Monday’s deadly train crash in Washington state warned earlier this month that the start of high-speed service was bound to end in disaster.During a Dec. 4 meeting of the Lakewood City Council, Mayor Don Anderson blasted plans by the Washington State Department of Transportation to let Amtrak trains travel through the city at up to 79 mph without first installing overpasses or other means of keeping motor vehicles and pedestrians away from the tracks.“Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or...
  • Anti-fracking activists and anarchists are blocking rail tracks in Olympia, Wash. [three weeks ago]

    12/18/2017 4:53:40 PM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2017 | Kyle Swenson
    There was little sleep the first night. Everyone was too wired with nerves and excitement. They expected the police to barrel in at any moment. The encampment went up on Nov. 17, a guerrilla whirlwind of tents, tarps, wooden pallets and two-by-four studs. In just a few hours, the intersection at Jefferson Street SE and Seventh Avenue in downtown Olympia, Wash., was transformed from a drab piece of asphalt into a hulking structure, somewhere between a refugee camp and a carnival tent. As impressive as the camp was, however, most of the 100 people who collected behind its barricades the...
  • Amtrak train was going 81 mph before it derailed, website says

    12/18/2017 5:22:47 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 173 replies ^ | December 18, 2017 | Q13 NEWS STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS
    DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle and killed at least three people was going 81 mph moments before it entered a curve where the recommended speed tops out at 30 mph, according to Amtrak and state transportation figures. The train's speed and the posted speed limit are likely to be key points for federal accident investigators, who are trying to determine why the train — on its inaugural run — flew off the rails and caused several rail cars to plunge off a bridge overpass and onto a traffic-clogged interstate.
  • Curve where Amtrak train derailed in Washington has speed limit of 30 mph

    12/18/2017 6:00:15 PM PST · by Mariner · 197 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 18th, 2017 | By Mike Baker , David Gutman and Mike Lindblom
    The Amtrak train that derailed Monday morning on its inaugural trip through a faster railway route was supposed to slow dramatically before entering the curve where the crash occurred. The speed limit at the curve where the train crosses Interstate 5 is 30 miles per hour, said state transportation department spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe, while the speed limit on most of the track is 79 mph. She said speed-limit signs are posted two miles before the lowered speed zone and then just before the zone. “Engineers are trained to slow trains according to posted speeds,” she said. Daniel Konzelman, who was...
  • Olympia, WA: Train Tracks Sabotaged To Stop Fracking Equipment [April 21st, 2017]

    12/18/2017 11:34:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 124 replies
    Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks. We took precautions to notify BNSF (the train company) – we called them and we used wires to send a signal that the tracks were blocked. We did this not to avoid damaging a train, nothing would bring bigger grins to our faces, but to avoid the risk of injuring railway workers. This action was done to disrupt the movement of trains carrying proppants used in natural gas fracturing. These...
  • Local Washington mayor feared deadly accidents weeks before Amtrak derailment

    12/18/2017 2:12:22 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies ^ | 12/18/17 | Katherine Lam
    Mayor Don Anderson and other city officials in Lakewood, southwest of Tacoma, attended a meeting on Dec. 4 on the new project to upgrade tracks, KOMO News reported. Anderson believed it was a matter of time the high-speed train would be involved in a deadly accident.
  • Amtrak train derails over I-5

    12/18/2017 8:43:32 AM PST · by djf · 14 replies
    An Amtrak train derailed this morning off a bridge over I5 near Dupont, Washington. Details pending...
  • Derailed Amtrak train plunges off bridge onto I-5 lanes south of Tacoma

    12/18/2017 8:44:10 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 298 replies ^ | Monday, December 18th 2017 | by KOMO Staff
    (KOMO) — PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 are closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord after an Amtrak train derailed and fell off an overpass onto the freeway. Some injuries have been reported. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Chris Karnes 🌹 @TacomaTransit The train has derailed. Emergency crews are on the scene. Massive damage. People are hurt. 10:01 AM - Dec 18, 2017 24 24 Replies 119 119 Retweets 30 30 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Motorists are being warned to avoid the area. "I was just shocked," said Peter Zimmerman of...
  • NY-NJ Gateway Project: Critical Fixes, Big Builds

    12/11/2017 8:00:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Engineering News-Record ^ | November 15, 2017 | Tom Stabile
    The nearly $30-billion Gateway program to overhaul Northeast Corridor rail lines between Newark and New York City, an array of tunnels, bridges and viaduct over wetlands has two main thrusts: rehabilitation and expansion. These objectives are deeply intertwined—the project team must build new structures in the huge effort before it can upgrade old ones. That’s why digging two 1.4-mile, 28-ft-dia train tunnels under the Hudson River—an estimated $12.9-billion project component—isn’t just an expansion job but a lifeline to free a pair of 107-year-old tubes heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and in need of a rebuild. It’s also why...
  • ‘Until Every Officer is Down,’ Antifa Anarchists Sabotage Train in Olympia

    11/29/2017 2:36:01 PM PST · by Liberty7732 · 43 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/29/17
    The train was reportedly shorted using jumper cables, causing the train to stop. Since November 17, dozens of anarchists have been camping on the tracks to prevent trains from transporting fracking supplies from the Port of Olympia — however, railroad companies have stated that there were no such shipments scheduled. On Wednesday, Union Pacific Railroad officers were met by 20 to 30 masked protesters as they cleared out the encampment and swept it for bombs. Four of the people who were camping on the tracks refused to leave and were subsequently arrested, as were eight others on suspicion of obstructing...
  • Uncertainty over Trump infrastructure plan jeopardizes transit projects, jobs

    09/22/2017 10:14:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 9, 2017 | Damian Paletta and Mike Debonis (WaPost)
    Dozens of public transit projects around the country are in danger of stalling as the White House's plan to boost U.S. infrastructure fails to gain momentum - with thousands of jobs at risk. The uncertainty over these projects has worsened in recent days as President Donald Trump - who had vowed to make the week's focus infrastructure - faced a series of distractions, including a congressional hearing featuring former FBI director James Comey. The president, who had called for $1 trillion in new infrastructure programs to create millions of jobs, now faces an increasing probability that not only will his...
  • ‘Explosion’ on Tube train at Parsons Green sparks panic on District Line [UK]

    09/15/2017 12:50:18 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 36 replies
    Passengers on a District Line Tube train at Parsons Green have reported panic on the platform after reports of a fire or explosion. According to a reporter at the scene people have suffered facial burns and a white container exploded towards the rear of the train. She said people were ‘really badly burned’ adding that ‘there hair was coming off’. The rear of the train filled with smoke and people were evacuated onto the platform at Parsons Green. It is also being reported that people were initially told not to leave the station before an evacuation took place.
  • California High Speed Rail- Update

    09/13/2017 3:23:12 PM PDT · by ptsal · 28 replies
    Update on the California High Speed Rail Project Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM University of California Center - 550 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno (Stanislaus/Tuolumne Room) Join us for lunch and an update on the High Speed Rail Project presented by California High Speed Rail Authority Environmental Staff. After lunch attendees will be taken on a tour of construction sites in the Fresno/Madera County area. Since adoption of the Final EIR/EIS, the project has progressed into the design/build phase with four active construction packages. This presentation will update us on the current High Speed Rail work happening...
  • Bigger reward offered in Lugoff train derailment

    08/26/2017 6:37:14 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    The State ^ | AUGUST 25, 2017 | RACHAEL MYERS LOWE
    COLUMBIA, SC CSX has upped the reward it is offering for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the August 5th train accident in Lugoff. In an announcement on Friday, the CSX police said the reward is now $25,000, up from the initial $5,000 reward announced earlier in the week. Investigators believe that the train hit a yellow bulldozer that was left on the tracks, resulting in 12 of 18 cars and one of the two locomotives derailing. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. on August 5th near Highway 601 and Medfield Road...
  • China says its bullet train technology was stolen, days after US trade probe move

    08/17/2017 1:48:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    SCMP ^ | 17 August, 2017 | Wendy Wu
    China says its bullet train technology was stolen, days after US trade probe move Officials urged to do more to protect intellectual property in commentary published two days after US announcement PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 August, 2017, 8:32am UPDATED : Thursday, 17 August, 2017, 8:32am Beijing has apparently hit back at US plans to investigate intellectual property violations by China, with officials urged to do more to protect bullet train technology from theft. The call came in a commentary published in the official Procuratorial Daily on Wednesday, two days after it was announced that US President Donald Trump would authorise...