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  • 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 · 70 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."
  • NJ Transit Engineer Has No Memory of Fatal Hoboken Train Crash

    10/02/2016 5:47:22 PM PDT · by Publius · 102 replies
    New York Times via MSN ^ | 2 October 2016 | Samantha Schmidt & Alan Feuer
    The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal on Thursday, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others during the busy morning commute, felt well rested and was unaware of any mechanical problems in the moments before the accident, federal investigators said on Sunday. At a news conference in Hoboken, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they had interviewed the engineer, Thomas Gallagher, as well as the train’s conductor, who was not identified, and still were no closer to determining the cause of the crash. It was the first fatal accident on...
  • At least 1 dead, scores hurt after train crash at Hoboken, NJ station

    09/29/2016 10:33:48 AM PDT · by ncfool · 59 replies
    Foxnew.com ^ | september 29, 2016 | Self
    DEVELOPING: At least one person was killed and dozens more were hurt after a crowded train slammed into a busy station in Hoboken, N.J., during the Thursday morning commute, investigators and local media reported. The woman who died appeared to be standing on a nearby platform before the crash, a law enforcement source told Fox News, adding that the engineer was pulled from the train "semi-conscious" and rushed to a nearby hospital. People pulled concrete off bleeding victims and passengers kicked out the windows amid crying and screaming. At least 65 riders were injured, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said,...
  • Hoboken Crash: New Jersey Transit Train Didn't Have Positive Train Control

    09/29/2016 9:04:32 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 103 replies
    The commuter train that crashed into New Jersey Transit's Hoboken terminal during the Thursday morning rush was not equipped with the positive train control technology that could have prevented it from roaring off the rails. What's more, not a single New Jersey Transit employee has been trained how to use the PTC technology, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Transportation progress report, which is dated Sept. 13. The agency has a Dec. 31, 2018 deadline for putting this technology in place. The report states that "NJT has had a contractor on board for several years." The report also...
  • BREAKING: NJ Transit commuter train slams into wall of station in Hoboken; injuries reported

    09/29/2016 7:34:10 AM PDT · by Theo · 75 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | September 29, 2016 | Howard Portnoy
    This just coming over the wire. A New Jersey Transit train crashed into a wall after entering the station in Hoboken around 8:30 a.m. It is unclear from earliest reports whether the train jumped the track, but according to live televised coverage by New York City Fox affiliate WNYW the roof over the passenger waiting area collapsed, resulting in serious injuries. The exact number and nature of those injuries have yet to be reported. According to eyewitnesses, the train failed to slow down as it entered the station. One on-scene observer who witnessed the crash was WFAN anchor John Minko....
  • Train Crash - Hoboken Station - Mass Casualties

    09/29/2016 5:59:26 AM PDT · by milford421 · 238 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9/29/16
    Train struck train station in Hoboken, NJ....mass casualties, reports of fatalities.
  • A new attraction rolls into the Benson Visitor Center

    08/28/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    BENSON – The Benson Visitor Center’s murals and historic displays will be sharing the spotlight with a new attraction. A model train — the detailed replica of a Union Pacific SD 70 locomotive pulling five railcars — is now circling around the inside of the visitor center, mounted high overhead on a track suspended from the building’s ceiling. The project marks the first phase of a series of model train displays planned for the visitor center by Bob Nilson, tourism supervisor for the City of Benson. Funding for the train, track and support structures came through a $6,000 grant from...
  • Swiss train attack possibly crime of passion; terrorism 'far-fetched

    08/14/2016 7:02:58 AM PDT · by MNDude · 57 replies
    The police spokesman said authorities did not yet know the motive behind the attack that injured six on Saturday in the canton of St. Gallen, but did not thought terrorism unlikely. "A terrorism background still seems very, very far-fetched," the spokesman said.
  • Doggone rough train ride

    08/06/2016 12:20:59 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Aug. 6, 2016 | Christina Blizzard
    This is the story of a small, cute dog and a big railway Crown corporation — and what happened when the two collided. My son, Paul, and his wife, Aysha, recently made an emergency visit to London, Ont., when Aysha’s father suddenly became ill. The most sensible way to get to London was by Via Rail on a 6:45 a.m. train. The train was mostly empty, due to the early hour. As it was a hastily-arranged trip, they had no pet sitting arranged for their dog, a highly intelligent and very well behaved, non-allergenic bichon-poodle mix named Archie. They’ll admit,...
  • U.S. rail traffic down 7.9 percent in July

    08/05/2016 3:52:17 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ProgressiveRailroading.com ^ | 5AUG2016 | Staff writer
    U.S. railroad traffic in July fell 7.9 percent to 2,027,768, carloads and intermodal units, compared with traffic volume in July 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced this week. Total carloads in the month declined 8.8 percent to 1,025,367 units, compared with the same period last year. Railroads also transported 1,002,401 containers and trailers last month, down 6.9 percent compared with a year ago. Four of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by AAR posted increases during the month. They included grain, up 15.3 percent or 12,641 carloads; waste and nonferrous scrap, up 25.9 percent or 3,400 carloads; and...
  • Washington's Union Station evacuated due to bomb threat: police

    07/27/2016 3:08:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:42pm EDT | Arshad Mohammed and Michelle Nichols
    Washington’s main railway terminal, Union Station, was evacuated on Wednesday because of a bomb threat, a police officer told Reuters. “We got a bomb threat,” the officer, who did not give his name, said as he urged people to leave Union Station in downtown Washington near the U.S. Capitol Building. …
  • 2nd attack at Munich Metro Station

    07/22/2016 12:20:57 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 38 replies
    Via Twitter ^ | 7/22 | Me
    Bear down
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility for Brutal Ax and Knife Attack on German Train

    07/21/2016 8:11:59 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | 7/19/2016 | Warren Mass
    Following a brutal attack on a German train on July 18 by an ax- and knife-wielding teenager who was an Afghan refugee, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack. Four people were injured in the attack, one critically. The attacker, identified in an ISIS video as Muhammad Riyad, reportedly shouted the Islamist slogan “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) during the assault, which took place in the German city of Wurzburg. The ISIS-linked online Amaq news agency said Riyad was an ISIS “fighter.” The Amaq statement said: The perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the...
  • At least 20 dead and 35 injured in Puglia train crash

    07/12/2016 7:45:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    thelocal.it ^ | 07/12/2016
    Vito Montanaro, director general of the Bari heath authority, said 20 people had died and 35 were injured in the crash on single-track near the town of Andria in southern Italy. Local authorities had earlier put the death toll at 12. Eighteen of the 35 reported to be injured are in a critical condition. Hospitals have issued an urgent call for blood donors. "We need blood group 0," Giuseppe Corrado, president of Barletta-Andria-Trani province, said. The injured have been taken to hospitals in Andria, Barletta and Bisceglie. People are still trapped in the wreckage of the crash, which was caused...
  • Three Train Workers presumed dead after fiery Texas crash

    06/29/2016 1:04:28 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 39 replies
    Foxiness.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Foxnews.com
    <p>Investigators said Wednesday they believed three missing crew members aboard two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle did not survive.</p> <p>Emergency personnel have moved from a rescue effort to a recovery operation, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing said.</p>
  • China will not build L.A.-to-Vegas rail line — U.S. company calls the deal off

    06/09/2016 8:34:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/08/2016
    Nine months after announcing that China would help build a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the private U.S. company behind the plan said late Wednesday that the deal was off. A bullet train stops at the platform before it travels to Lanzhou from the Urumqi south railway station in XpressWest said the decision to terminate the relationship with China Railway International was based “primarily upon difficulties associated with timely performance and CRI’s challenges in obtaining required authority to proceed with required development activities.” XpressWest indicated that its “biggest challenge” was a federal government requirement that high-speed...
  • California cap-and-trade auction falls far short, delivering blow to state revenue (tr)

    05/26/2016 6:16:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | by Ralph Vartarbedian
    The latest auction in California's cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers purchased just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail project. The quarterly auction, conducted May 18 and announced Wednesday, will provide just $10 million for state programs, including $2.5 million for the bullet train. The rail authority had been expecting about $150 million. Whatever prompted the lack of buyers, the auction is a stark example of the uncertainty and risk of relying on actively-traded carbon credits to build the bullet train. The...
  • Total U.S. weekly rail traffic down 10.6% ( coal down 33.5% )

    05/12/2016 7:31:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Railway Age ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ben Vient
    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 7, 2016: Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 492,923 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.6% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May. 7 were 233,047 carloads, down 14.8% compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 259,876 containers and trailers, down 6.4% compared to 2015. Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They were miscellaneous carloads, up 6.7% to 9,839 carloads; chemicals, up...
  • Barefoot Maniac Stabs Man to Death on Munich Train [Shouting ‘Allahu akbar’]

    05/10/2016 9:17:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/10/2016 | Tom Sykes
    Terrorism fears stalked Europe again Tuesday morning after a man was killed and three more were injured in a pre-dawn knife attack at a rural German train station—by a barefoot man who officials initially believed had “an apparent Islamist motive.” However, although the man reportedly uttered “Allahu akbar” as he launched his bloody attack, it was later established that the 27-year old perpetrator had drug and psychiatric issues, and a spokesman for Bavaria state's interior ministry said that "so far we have no evidence for Islamist motive". "We have found the man had psychological and drug problems," Oliver Platzer told...
  • One dead, 3 hurt after suspected Islamist stabbing spree at Germany train station

    05/10/2016 5:07:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 10, 2016
    DEVELOPING: One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning when a knife-wielding suspected Islamist attacked people indiscriminately at a commuter rail station outside Munich, Germany. The attack happened in Grafing, about 20 miles east of Munich, shortly before 5 a.m. (11 p.m. ET Monday). The Munich newspaper Merkur reported that the attacker, carrying a four-inch knife, stabbed one man on a train, a second man in the station forecourt and two other men who were passing by on bikes. Investigators told the Suddeutsche Zeiting newspaper that witnesses had reported that the attacker had shouted "Allahu Akbar!",...
  • Freight Rail Traffic Plunges: Haunting Pictures of Transportation Recession

    05/06/2016 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 40 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | Wolf Richter | 4 May 2016
    292 Union Pacific engines idled in Arizona Desert Total US rail traffic in April plunged 11.8% from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported today. Carloads of bulk commodities such as coal, oil, grains, and chemicals plummeted 16.1% to 944,339 units. - snip - Only five of the 20 commodity categories saw gains. Of the decliners, coal was the biggest. But petroleum products also plunged 25%, and grain mill products dropped 7%. Even without coal, carloads were down 3% year-over-year.
  • High-Speed Rail Board to Weigh in on Revised California Plan

    04/28/2016 1:48:51 PM PDT · by MeganC · 28 replies
    ABC News/AP ^ | 4.28.2016 | juliet williams
    The board that oversees California's high-speed rail project is expected to approve a revised plan calling for a $64 billion approach that sends the train from the Central Valley to the San Jose area before it heads to Southern California.
  • The Tragic Deterioration of Washington’s Great Society Subway

    04/12/2016 3:38:18 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. That’s when the Metro subway system’s recently installed general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, ordered a one-day shutdown of the entire 117-mile system for emergency inspection of track-based power cables.
  • 2 dead after Amtrak train strikes backhoe on tracks near Philadelphia

    04/03/2016 7:32:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 3, 2016
    DEVELOPING:Two construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia, Delaware County officials said. Two construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia, Delaware County officials said. The crash, which occurred around 8 a.m., derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89, according to a statement by Amtrak. One additional person was injured, according to NBC, which...
  • Metro Shutdown Highlights Risks of Democratic Transportation Autopilot Formula Proposal

    03/24/2016 7:45:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    MCGOP ^ | March 22, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    In an unprecedented move to protect Washington Metro riders’ safety, the entire transit system was closed for a day last week in order to conduct emergency inspections of electric cables. This had to be done, since a rash of fires, fatalities and other breakdowns has raised concerns about the 40-year-old rail system’s continued capacity to deliver safe, reliable service. Currently the Metro Rail fares cover only a portion of its operating expenses. The system is completely dependent on its parent jurisdictions for paying any capital costs. Without state support, the necessary money would not be available. Few events better highlight...
  • Hello Kitty train is unveiled in Taiwan with its carriages, food and conductor all [tr]

    03/23/2016 7:15:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 23, 2016 | Chloe Lyme
    A Hello Kitty themed train has made its debut in Taiwan. The Taroko Express was spotted making its inaugural run on a round trip from Taipei to Taitung on March 21. However, while the journey went smoothly, the fans clearly wanted to go home with a souvenir. Of the 376 customised headrest covers on board when the train set of, only 48 remained by the time the journey came to an end, reported the People’s Daily Online.
  • New bullet train plan delays opening of the first leg by three years ( California )

    03/05/2016 7:13:16 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 4, 2016 | Ralph Vartabedian
    California will need to double down on support of the bullet train by digging deeper into the state's wallet and accepting a three-year delay in completing the project's initial leg, a new business plan for the 220-mph system shows. Rail planners have turned their construction plans upside down, attempting to fit the mega-project within the state's limited budget. The 2016 business plan, released last month, shows that the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco rail link has proved to be politically and technically more complicated to build than foreseen in 2008, when voters agreed to help finance the project with a $9-billion bond....
  • Welcome to the 'Oculus': New York City's new $4bn transit hub finally opens at the World Trade [tr]

    02/28/2016 8:36:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | February 28, 2016 | Staff
    A new transit hub designed to evoke a bird in flight will open next week at the World Trade Center in New York. Its architect called it a 'monument to life.' 'It is a monument of faith in this city and a monument dedicated to the people,' said Spanish-born architect Santiago Calatrava, 64, of the Oculus, a $4 billion structure that was built around, beneath and above an existing, still-operating subway line. Steve Plate, the chief of major capital projects for the Port Authority, which funded the project, described how the building 'is aligned precisely to allow the sun to...
  • Cause of deadly German train crash still a mystery

    02/10/2016 1:40:26 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbs ^ | 02/10/2016
    Authorities are trying to determine why multiple safety measures failed, allowing two trains to travel on the same single-line track and smash into each other in Bad Aibling in Bavaria on Tuesday morning. They are considering both possible technical errors and human failure. At the scene, 40 miles southeast of Munich, a huge crane was brought in Wednesday to start moving away the wreckage from the tracks - a job the German news agency dpa reported would take two days. About 100 emergency workers are helping with the removal. On the investigation front, the German transport ministry said both the...
  • The Wreck of Amtrak 188

    01/27/2016 3:20:41 PM PST · by Publius · 37 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 26 January 2016 | Matthew Shaer
    From 30th Street Station, the train glided northwest out of Philadelphia, tracing the arc of the freeway. Near the old Schuylkill River Bridge, it jogged right, gathering speed, bound for the New Jersey border. Had you been standing anywhere near the tracks, you would have heard Amtrak 188 before you saw it, in the hum of the rail bed and the metallic shiver of the electricity in the overhead catenary wires. And then you would have felt it, in the vibration of the earth: the combined weight of a 98-ton locomotive and seven 50-ton cars, carrying a total of 258...
  • Billions spent, but fewer people are using public transportation in Southern California

    01/27/2016 2:05:09 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 27, 2016 | By Laura J. Nelson and Dan Weikel
    For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating. Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option. The decline suggests that Southern California policymakers are falling short...
  • CSX: Railroads Face Recession-Like Pressures (rail volumes at Recession levels)

    01/13/2016 3:22:14 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    CSX Corp. executives said on Wednesday that current pressures on rail cargo volumes are at levels not seen outside a recession. “You have multiple aspects working against you: the low [natural] gas prices, the low commodity prices, the strength of the dollar,” Chief Executive Michael Ward said during an earnings call with analysts. “Except for markets like automotive and housing related, you’re seeing pressure on most of the markets.”
  • Runaway Train in Massachusetts Investigated as Operator Error

    12/10/2015 6:13:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 10, 2015 | Daniella Silva
    A train filled with passengers that left a station south of Boston Thursday morning without an operator was being investigated as a case of operator error, officials said. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said the runaway Red Line train took off from Braintree Station without its conductor at approximately 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
  • Train crash in northern Bavaria kills one, injures others -report

    11/05/2015 5:05:33 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 11-05-2015 | reuters
    A passenger train collided with a heavy-duty lorry at a railway crossing in northern Bavaria late on Thursday killing at least one person and injuring several others, German media reported. The train was carrying around 50 people when it rammed into a lorry near Freihung, northeast of Nuremberg late on Thursday evening, several news websites reported. "It hurtled at 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) without breaking into the truck,"
  • California's Bullet Train Will Take Even Longer To Go Nowhere

    10/28/2015 11:03:06 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    IBD ^ | October 26, 2015 | Staff
    Infrastructure: California's high-speed rail project will never make its current 2022 arrival time, according to the Los Angeles Times. Doesn't this strike anyone in charge of this costly boondoggle as ironic?...Officials still haven't settled on a route, they're behind schedule in acquiring land, getting permits and financing, and the project faces several lawsuits. Boring on the 36 miles of planned tunnels isn't likely to get started until 2019, the Times notes, and by any reasonable estimate it will take another 7 to 14 years to complete. Even that's probably optimistic, since several parts will traverse known fault lines, vastly increasing...
  • Man on Cellphone Killed By Train in South Florida

    10/22/2015 5:00:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 10/22
    Authorities say a man talking on his cellphone was killed by a train in South Florida. West Palm Beach police say the man was walking near the Regional Transportation Authority tracks Thursday afternoon when he was hit. The Palm Beach Post reports that witnesses told police the man was hit after going under crossing gates. Police didn't immediately identify the man.
  • Railcar orders show biggest drop since 1980s

    10/21/2015 5:03:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 20, 2015 | Associated Press
    North American railcar orders plummeted the most in at least 27 years as railroads shipped less oil and sand used for drilling, adding to concern over a U.S. industrial production slowdown. Third-quarter orders for new freight cars plunged 83 percent from a year earlier to 7,374, according to the Railway Supply Institute. That’s the biggest decline since at least 1988 and the lowest number for a quarter since 2010. A “healthy” three-month number is 10,000 to 15,000, Allison Poliniak-Cusic, a Wells Fargo & Co. analyst, said in a note Tuesday. Railcar makers including Trinity Industries Inc. and Greenbrier Cos. could...
  • 4 Hospitalized After Amtrak Passenger Train Derails in Vermont

    10/05/2015 9:04:04 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 5, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
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