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  • Man struck and killed by Amtrak train last week was “racing the train," Longwood police say

    11/28/2019 8:23:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 27, 2019 | Katie Rice
    One of the last sentences said by the 44-year-old man struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Longwood Friday was shouted to a friend as the two walked to a neighborhood pub: “Let’s race the train!” Alexander Javier, the 24-year-old friend, made it across the tracks. Todd Keller did not. The Longwood Police Department released details about Keller’s death Wednesday afternoon. According to the incident report, Keller and Javier had been drinking at Connolly’s Pub earlier in the night and had gone to Javier’s apartment for awhile before deciding to head back to the pub. The men were walking...
  • Warren Buffett’s Charities Are Making Him Richer by Funding Shady Attacks on Berkshire.. Competitors

    09/17/2019 10:34:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 | DREW JOHNSON
    last year Buffett donated $169 million to the NoVo Foundation, a charity run by his youngest son, Peter, and Peter’s wife, Jennifer. ... Some of the foundation’s resources are directed towards radical activism that clearly benefits Buffett’s bottom line. In fact, money Buffett donated to the NoVo Foundation has been used to attack companies that compete with Berkshire Hathaway's subsidiaries and holdings. ... In 2017, NoVo donated $3.5 million to the “Clean Clothes Campaign” managed by the liberal Tides Foundation.. ... Why would the NoVo Foundation fund a series of crusades focused on ferociously targeting Walmart and Sam’s Club? It...
  • Amtrak Shows off the New Acela Interiors You’ll See in 2021(hi-speed choo-choo)

    08/28/2019 7:47:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 49 replies ^ | August | Points Guy
    n a quiet, nondescript building off an interstate in Wilmington, Delaware, the future of America’s high-speed rail is taking shape. Amtrak gave select journalists, including TPG, a chance to tour full-scale mock-ups of the interior of its new high-speed Acela train cars, giving a sneak peek at what passengers will experience when the first cars are rolled out in spring 2021. American’s primary passenger train operator launched the Acela trains in 2000, and this is the first time since then that they are getting a new look and feel. While Amtrak’s Acela fleet currently lags behind high-speed trains in Europe...
  • In Blow to Bullet Train, California Might Shift Billions of Dollars to L.A., Bay Area Projects

    07/30/2019 2:06:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07/30/2019
    Assembly Democrats see greater public value in improving passenger rail from Burbank to Anaheim, relieving congestion on the busy Interstate 5 corridor before the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and putting additional money into San Francisco commuter rail. The proposal has been taken more seriously in recent weeks, and supporters think it will meet the tricky legal requirements of the high-speed rail project. “I like the concept,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood). “Any project that doesn’t have a significant amount of service to the largest areas in the state doesn’t make much sense.”
  • Charges Dismissed Again in Deadly Philadelphia Amtrak Crash

    07/23/2019 12:33:17 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 30 replies
    The Herald ^ | 23 July 2019 | AP
    For the second time, a judge threw out all charges Tuesday against an Amtrak engineer for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, saying: "The law recognizes we're all human."
  • Why Can't America Fill a Pothole?

    07/22/2019 6:33:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    PragerU ^ | July 22, 2019 | Kyle Smith
    Why can’t America build or repair infrastructure on a par with countries in Europe or Asia? Why are our bridges, roads, and airports not what they should be? Aren’t we the richest and most technologically savvy country in the world? Who or what is holding us back? Kyle Smith of National Review has the surprising (and frustrating) answer.
  • California farmers furious over delayed payments for land seized in high-speed rail push

    06/14/2019 3:32:00 PM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | June 14, 2019 | Andrew O'Reilly | Fox News
    Farmers up and down California’s Central Valley are up in arms over the state seizing their land to build its long-awaited high-speed railway and then failing to pay the hundreds of thousands of dollars owed them for years. Thanks to an order of possession by the Superior Court, California can take private land through eminent domain for the troubled bullet train project. While landowners are expected to eventually be reimbursed for the property – and for expenses like lost farming production, irrigation replacement projects and road construction – many farmers in California’s agricultural heartland say state officials have offered them...
  • Joe Biden Wants to Bring High-speed Rail to California — Again

    06/13/2019 11:38:06 AM PDT · by detective · 39 replies
    Former vice president Joe Biden is proposing to restore California’s now-defunct high-speed rail project — just months after Gov. Gavin Newsom pulled the plug, and President Donald Trump pulled the funding. Biden formerly championed high-speed rail with President Barack Obama as part of the 2009 “stimulus” package. Joel Fox, commenting on California’s widely-read Fox & Hounds blog, noted the provision in Biden’s new plan to tackle climate change
  • 21st Century Policy Opinion: Stop Federal Spending Outside Freight Corridors

    06/12/2019 4:39:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | June 10, 2019 | Marc Scribner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
    The U.S. Interstate Highway System is the backbone of American commerce and personal travel. Funded on a pay-as-you-go basis largely through federal excise taxes on motor fuel, today it accounts for 25% of total vehicle-miles traveled despite accounting for just 2.5% of total road network lane-miles. Yet, much of the Interstate system, construction of which began in the 1950s, is nearing the end of its functional life, along with the infrastructure of other surface transportation modes. Over the next two decades, trillions of dollars of investment will be needed to rehabilitate and in some cases rebuild this infrastructure, according to...
  • How China's Railways Are Leading to High-Speed Debt

    05/26/2019 8:32:31 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 33 replies
    Ozy ^ | AUG 19 2018 | Tom Mitchell and Xinning Liu
    On a recent weekday morning, Liu Ai’jun boarded one of eight daily high-speed rail (HSR) services between Urumqi, capital of China’s north-western Xinjiang region, and Hami, an oasis town 614 kilometers to the east. The trip, along the longest and most expensive line in the country’s HSR network, took just three hours and cost RMB 167 ($24). Previously Liu, a self-employed elevator salesman and technician, used to rely on infrequent and expensive flights between the two cities. Before the new HSR line was completed in 2014, the train between Urumqi and Hami took seven hours. “If you’re not in a...
  • Why Can’t America have High-Speed Bullet Trains?

    05/26/2019 5:46:26 AM PDT · by vannrox · 138 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 25MAY19 | Editorial staff
    Well, California Governor Gavin Newsom has abandoned plans to build a high-speed railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco. After spending billions of dollars in funds, much of it from the Federal government, the Governor said that the project should be shelved. He cited that the project was too expensive. The face of American politics today. This is the slick and well-packaged oligarchy pick for California. Mr. California Governor Gavin Newsom. Look how plastic he appears. Why, he could be right out of one of those political villains from a 1980’s John Cusack movie. California Is Abandoning A Plan To...
  • California Sues Trump Administration for $1 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds

    05/23/2019 7:23:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/23/2019 | Rick Moran
    The state of California wants the rest of America to pay for their high-speed rail boondoggle and they're willing to sue Washington to get it. Recently, the Trump administration canceled a $1 billion federal grant to the state that would have helped fund the high-speed rail project so beloved by California politicians. But Governor Gavin Newsom says that the cancellation had more to do with politics than anything else. The suit claims the feds nixed the grant due to "political retribution" for the state's opposition to border wall funding. The state will also file a request for a temporary restraining...
  • Santa Ana Authorities Begin Cleanup Of Over 60 Homeless Encampments Along Railway

    05/23/2019 5:26:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    cbs2la ^ | May 22, 2019 at 10:52 pm
    The property overcome by the encampments near Edinger Avenue belongs to the Union Pacific Railroad and has long been a place where the homeless camp, officials say. Early Wednesday morning, 16 people were kicked out of their tents. One resident says he has lived at the encampment for a year with his rabbit and cat. The men and women staying at the encampment were offered a place at a local shelter but they reportedly refused. Complaints from business owners and the community prompted Santa Ana leaders to secure a warrant to remove the nuisance.
  • California Sues Trump to Keep $1 Billion for Ghost Train to Nowhere

    05/22/2019 8:03:45 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 51 replies
    Breitbart - Politics ^ | 5-22-2019 | Joel B. Pollak
    The State of California sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to cancel a nearly $1 billion grant for a high-speed railway that the state admits it no longer intends to build as planned. Last week, the federal government followed through on its threat to cancel the $929 billion in funding, which it made earlier this year after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in his “State of the State” address that it “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long” to complete the high-speed rail project, which originally was meant to connect San Francisco...
  • Trump Smacks California by Canceling $929 Million Grant for the Bullet Train

    05/17/2019 12:19:21 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 47 replies
    Yahoo Noose ^ | May 17, 2019 | Romy Varghese
    The Trump administration officially canceled $929 million in federal grants earmarked for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, escalating tensions between the federal government and the most-populous U.S. state. Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory said in a letter Thursday to Brian Kelly, the chief executive officer of the state agency running the project, that California has failed to show progress and meet requirements under the agreements for the funds. Governor Gavin Newsom, through a spokesman, vowed a court fight.“It is now clear that California has no foreseeable plans, nor the capability, to pursue that statewide HSR System as originally proposed,” Batory...
  • California high-speed rail project’s estimated cost rises to $79B, report says

    05/01/2019 11:17:37 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01 2019 | Dom Calicchio
    Critics of California’s plan to link the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas by high-speed rail have cited the estimated cost of the project – and now that cost is projected to increase by about $2 billion, according to a report. The state’s High-Speed Rail Authority now estimates that the plan will cost about $79 billion – with the price of the Central Valley segment already under construction rising from $10.6 billion to $12.4 billion, Bloomberg reported. The revised cost estimates were attributed to changes in the scope of the project and planning for contingencies, the report said.
  • Trains for Railfans - The Glory of Steam Trains Running Today

    03/06/2019 2:36:06 PM PST · by Texan4Life · 72 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jult 14, 2015 | JG Productions
    The Glory of Steam Trains
  • California rail authority calls Trump plan to end high-speed rail funding 'rash and unlawful'

    03/04/2019 5:18:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/04/19 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The California rail authority delivered a sharp rebuttal Monday to the Trump administration, saying its threat to cancel and rescind $3.5 billion in grants for the state bullet train project is “rash and unlawful.” In two letters to the Federal Railroad Administration, state officials say they have not breached the terms and conditions of the grants and are making progress in building what would be a transformative passenger rail system. The federal agency issued notice two weeks ago that it intended to terminate a $929-million grant issued in 2010 for the high-speed rail system and was exploring options to seek...
  • Trump to Use ‘Nuclear Option’ to Recover $2.5 Bn from California’s Failed High-Speed Rail Project

    02/22/2019 6:54:44 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/22/19 | Joel Pollak
    The $2.5 billion has already been spent — but California has failed to deliver the high-speed rail (on time, or at all) as promised. Therefore, the Trump administration argues, the state has to repay federal taxpayers. The Los Angeles Times quoted Stanford law professor David Freeman Engstrom, a Stanford law professor, describing Trump’s effort as a “nuclear option.” The practice of recovering money after a breach of contract, while common in the private sector, was virtually unheard of in government, he explained. “There is a reluctance to penalize misspending by local government agencies. … Almost never do those violations result...
  • Amtrak Plan to Expand Ridership Could Sidetrack Storied Trains

    02/20/2019 2:51:40 PM PST · by Publius · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal via MSN ^ | 20 February 2019 | Ted Mann
    Seeking to attract millions more passengers, Amtrak is preparing a large-scale overhaul of its national network aimed at boosting passenger service in the South and West—but at the expense of long-haul routes beloved by train buffs and their allies in Congress. The goal is to revamp the way Amtrak runs trains along the aging network of national routes it already maintains, with more frequent service between pairs of cities in the fastest-growing parts of the country, such as Atlanta and Charlotte, NC, or Cleveland and Cincinnati. Running more trains over shorter distances would allow Amtrak to better serve those commercial...