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  • State’s transportation budget is headed the wrong way(MN)

    04/12/2014 7:50:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    Quad Community Press ^ | 4-8-14 | Roger Chamberlain
    During the last twenty years, roads and bridges have taken a back seat to commuter and light rail projects. This was never clearer than in a 2010 report by the Metropolitan Council titled, “Regional 2030 Transportation Policy Plan,” which virtually gives up on constructing any new vehicle lanes in the seven-county metropolitan area. Instead, the plan places heavy emphasis on rail projects. The population of the metropolitan area is about 3.3 million. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are only about 20 percent of that. In other words, most people live and work outside of the two cities. So why is there...
  • There is No Renaissance in Public Transit Use

    04/09/2014 6:39:06 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    MinnPost ^ | 4-9-14 | Katherine Kersten
    Are we seeing a renaissance in public transit use by Americans? The answer is yes, if you believe a new report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the transit industry's lobby group. In fact, APTA's report is a textbook example of how deceiving statistics can be. The report states that in 2013, the number of transit trips was nearly 10.7 billion nationally--the highest since 1956, according to APTA. Michael Melaniphy, APTA's CEO, hailed what he called "a fundamental shift" in how Americans choose to get around. But even strong supporters of public transit like Michael Manville, David King and...
  • Finding and Losing the World's Oldest Subway Tunnel (& a steam loco)

    03/27/2014 9:50:37 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    Daily Paul ^ | 3/13/2014 | unkn
    History, Mystery, and Tunnels (& Trains). Reading The Cosgrove Report sent this guy on a hunt for a missing tunnel possibly used by John Wilkes Booth. After finding the tunnel, and running tours in the tunnel for 30+ years the city all the sudden revoked his business license and a part of history goes back undercover.
  • Central Corridor train derails on icy patch in downtown St. Paul

    02/27/2014 5:51:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-27-14 | Tad Vezner
    Metro Transit crews work to get a light rail train back on track after it derailed Wednesday while traveling north on the Green Line at Cedar Street and 12th Street in downtown St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: John Autey) A Central Corridor light-rail test train rolled off the tracks on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon. The minor derailment occurred as the northbound train, which was not carrying passengers, attempted to navigate a turn at 12th Street just before rush hour. It was leaving downtown headed toward Minneapolis. Crews working on the derailment hooked up another train to...
  • This pothole could cost you $500

    02/26/2014 4:46:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-26-14 | John Brewer
    Jonathan Kealing was on his way to the dog groomer Sunday morning when his car hit a line of potholes on eastbound Minnesota 62 in Minneapolis. "We hit some normal potholes, then it got so intense. We slammed into this chasm in the Earth," Kealing said. It wasn't until a stop later in the morning that he saw just how intense: The rim was no longer round, but flat, and the tire couldn't hold air. After getting a $500 repair bill from the auto shop, Kealing took to Twitter to alert the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the situation. "Dear...
  • State Dept.: Not Building Keystone Pipeline Could Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    02/04/2014 1:45:50 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 2/4/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    CNSNews.com) -- Not building the 875-mile Keystone XL Pipeline could result in the release of up to 42 percent more greenhouse gases than would be released by building it, according to the State Department. Not building the pipeline “is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of extraction in the [Canadian] oil sands or the continued demand for heavy crude oil at refineries in the United States,” the department noted in a long-awaited environmental report released January 31st. But the “No Build” option is likely to result in an increased number of oil spills, six more deaths annually, and up to...
  • Natural Gas Locomotives May Prove Cheaper, Cleaner

    01/27/2014 5:08:39 AM PST · by thackney · 53 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | January 23, 2014 | JOSH FUNK
    The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas — a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping. Rail companies want to take advantage of booming natural gas production that has cut the price of the fuel by as much as 50 percent. So they are preparing to experiment with redesigned engines capable of burning both diesel and liquefied natural gas. Natural gas "may revolutionize the industry much like the transition from steam to diesel," said Jessica...
  • Could US lose access to Keystone oil? Canada moves to Plan B

    01/15/2014 3:27:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2014 | Dan Springer
    Where crude oil is concerned, Canada waits for no country. It doesn’t matter how wealthy or how friendly that country is -- or whether that country is the United States. With the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline stuck in limbo on the U.S. side, Canada’s Energy Board recently gave a thumbs up to a $6.5 billion pipeline designed to carry 525,000 barrels of oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta to ships on the British Columbia coast. The final destination is most likely Asia. The development has the U.S. oil industry attacking the Obama administration over its drawn-out process....
  • Train Derailment West of Casselton [ North Dakota ]

    12/30/2013 1:43:04 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    KVLY ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Ben Holbert
    BREAKING NEWS: A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota. It happened at 35th Street and 154th Avenue Southeast just before 2:20 p.m. Monday. Several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. A viewer who is about a half mile from the derailment tells Valley News Live she can see large flames. Several train cars are on fire and huge plumes of black smoke can be seen for miles. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile...
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 (Christmas Eve Vanity)

    12/24/2013 7:31:53 PM PST · by Rodamala · 19 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • 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...
  • As high-speed rail project falters, Obama’s vision of government remains unfulfilled

    11/08/2013 1:34:26 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin
    MILWAUKEE — The gleaming red-and-white trains sit motionless in a cavernous warehouse in Century City, an industrial neighborhood that cranked out 100 million car and truck frames in its heyday. The seats are draped in plastic; an electronic screen on one reads, “Quiet Car. 11:10 a.m. 000 MPH.” President Obama once hoped that these high-speed trains would be transporting passengers from Milwaukee to Madison, Wis., part of a broader system crisscrossing the Midwest and the nation. But Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, rejected $823 million in funding that the federal government was offering, and the Transportation Department transferred the funds...
  • With ‘Suicide By Train’ Up, LA Metro Appeals For Help

    09/23/2013 12:05:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    AP) ^ | September 23, 2013 8:20 AM
    Since the beginning of last year, seven people have thrown themselves in front of trains on the Blue Line, which traverses some of the county’s poorest areas on its 22-mile route between downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach. Before the recent increase, suicides had averaged one per year since the line opened in 1990, according to Metro spokesman Marc Littman
  • Embezzler was hired by CA high-speed rail agency

    08/29/2013 3:39:43 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle aka SFGate ^ | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | unk
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority — and she says nobody asked about her background. The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/141r1Z6 ) says Carey Moore spent two years in prison after pleading no contest to grand theft in 2007. Prosecutors say she embezzled from the Department of Child Support Services. In 2011, Moore was hired by the High-Speed Rail Authority. Her job included making travel plans for officials. Her state job application didn't ask whether she'd been convicted of a crime and Moore says nobody...
  • Harrowing video shows Lac-Mégantic’s exploding train disaster as it happened

    07/10/2013 6:53:41 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | 7/9/2013 | Paola Loriggio and Melanie Marquis, National Post Staff
    As flames cover the sky in front of him, Adrien Aubert is clearly incredulous. His amateur video of the Lac-Mégantic explosion shows a town divided by a towering wall of fire. Aubert, who estimates that he is about 200 metres from downtown, narrates the disaster in French, explaining how the various tankers are exploding one by one while peppering in some (understandable, given the circumstances) obscenities in both French and English. ... Raw amateur video from the night of the explosion. Note, there is some (understandable) adult language in both French and English. here
  • Insight: How a train ran away and devastated a Canadian town

    07/09/2013 4:43:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 8, 2013 10:06pm | P.J. Huffstutter and Richard Valdmanis
    ...The locomotive caught fire, so firefighters shut off the engine to stop the flames from spreading. That slowly disengaged the air brakes, and the driverless train carrying 72 cars of crude oil rolled downhill into the scenic lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, derailing, exploding and leveling the town center. At least 13 people were killed and some 37 are still missing, according to Canadian police... He secured the train at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, setting the air brakes and hand brakes, according to MMA. Burkhardt said the engineer set the brakes on all five locomotives at the front of the train,...
  • Canada Train Wreck Shows Need For Keystone Pipeline

    07/09/2013 4:23:11 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | July 9, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A n oil-laden train not unlike those rolling down American tracks derailed and exploded Saturday in a Canadian town, proving why pipelines are safer and environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. At least 13 people were reported dead and 37 missing in the charred Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, 130 miles east of Montreal, after the accident created an inferno of burning crude. Some may never be found, likely vaporized by the sheer intensity of the blaze that burned for 36 hours. Canada's oil boom, due largely to development of the oil sands in its western province of...
  • Rail disaster underscores risks in oil transportation

    07/09/2013 8:39:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    A deadly crude oil train disaster in Canada has brought renewed scrutiny to the growing use of rail to carry oil – including hundreds of thousands of barrels in Texas – and prompted worries that the higher volume will mean more accidents. Though rail proponents say moving crude by train is safe, federal regulators and others say that pipelines are safer, a stance that has played a role in the debate over the planned Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas coast. And regardless of the relative safety of the two transportation modes, the mere fact that more crude...
  • Thousands Flock to Train Lady's Massive Train Garden

    07/03/2013 11:20:02 AM PDT · by Shery · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07.02.2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Elaine Silets is a train lover like no other. Not only did she make a career out of building model train displays but her expansive estate is an homage to the locomotive. And over the weekend, Silets did something she does but once per year: she opened up her gardens to the public and something like 6,000 curious train lovers descended on her home. With10 acres of gardens, waterfalls, lakes, trestles, bridges, and replica towns and pastoral scenes, her Glorée & Tryumfant Garden Railway in North Barrington, Illinois, it’s no wonder they call her the Train Lady. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2354273/Thousands-flock-tour-Train-Ladys-massive-model-train-filled-estate-garden.html#ixzz2Y0XtGBOq
  • Obama Admin Plans To 'Force' Americans To Move Into Cities

    07/02/2013 3:39:45 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 130 replies
    You Tube ^ | 67/2/13 | XRepublicTV
    "Redistributing" the Wealth
  • Trains full of North Dakota oil heading to PNW

    06/24/2013 5:03:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 24, 2013 | Associated Press
    Oil is bringing jobs and business opportunities to the Lower Columbia region but it also is raising fears that the river will become a fossil fuel highway, The Daily News of Longview reported in Sunday’s newspaper. Last year, oil cars began leaving the Bakken shale region centered near Williston, N.D., en route 1,200 miles to Columbia County to be unloaded at Port Westward near Clatskanie. Earlier this year, Tesoro proposed to build a $100 million terminal at the Port of Vancouver that would create 80 jobs. And similar proposals are being considered in Tacoma and Grays Harbor County. The oil...
  • COMMENTARY: An Obama-Buffett Connection Could Keep Crude Rolling by Rail

    06/19/2013 2:03:44 PM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    The Washington Times via Rig Zone ^ | June 19, 2013 | William C. Triplett II
    ... In short, Mr. Obama is about to hammer the American energy industry, and he's doing it for money. The real elephant in the room is the Keystone XL pipeline project intended to bring Canadian oil to American Gulf Coast refineries and the resulting products onto the international market. In fact, the title of the Bloomberg article cited above includes the words "Keystone foes." Mr. Obama has already delayed Keystone, once and a final decision is coming up. While Keystone has received a lot of press attention, there are two interrelated aspects that have not yet come to the surface....
  • French Soldier Stabbed In Neck Near Paris

    05/25/2013 1:59:43 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-25-2013 | Adam Taylor
    French Soldier Stabbed In Neck Near Paris Adam TaylorMay 25, 2013, 1:43 PM A soldier patrolling as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan was stabbed in the neck this afternoon, Reuters reports. A police source told the news agency that the soldier would survive the attack. He is 23 years old, according to CNN. Le Parisien is reporting that the attacker was of Northern African appearance, aged around 30 years old and wearing a jilbab, a type of Islamic garment. The man quickly fled the scene and has not been caught. The attack happened in La Défense, to the...
  • St. Paul Union Depot to celebrate 'National Train Day' on Saturday

    05/08/2013 5:00:26 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 5-8-13 | fred melo
    Historian John Diers, author of the new book "St. Paul Union Depot," will be among the train enthusiasts who will welcome visitors to the Union Depot on Saturday, May 11. The newly refurbished Lowertown depot, which is expected to provide Amtrak passenger service by the end of the year, is celebrating Amtrak's "National Train Day" with free family activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Diers, who will deliver a presentation, will have copies of his book for sale. The Radio Disney road crew, a vintage bluegrass railroad band led by Cannonball Paul, storeowner Choo Choo Bob and the St....
  • Jersey City man arrested on train with bombs 8 days before Marathon bombings: cops

    04/25/2013 2:07:44 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | April 25 , 2013
    More than a week before three people were killed and more than 175 people were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, a Jersey City man was arrested at the train station in Hoboken while carrying two home-made bombs, authorities say. Police also found explosive devices in the Newport Parkway home of Mykyta Panasenko, 27, Jersey City police said today. According to a criminal complaint, Panasenko is charged with having "two destructive devices, specifically improvised explosive devices (IEDs) constructed from a cylinder containing Pyrodex (black powder)" on April 5, the criminal complaint says.
  • Canada to announce arrests after thwarting "major terrorist attack":CBC

    04/22/2013 11:24:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 140 replies
    Canada to announce arrests after thwarting "major terrorist attack":CBCR Reuters – 19 mins ago TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police and intelligence agencies are to announce multiple arrests on Monday after an operation to thwart a "major terrorist attack," the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said on Monday, citing unnamed "highly placed" sources.
  • Europeans to Hezbullah: Just not in my backyard

    11/25/2012 11:12:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 11/25/12 | Carl In Jerusalem
    Some of you may remember the picture above and the post that went with it. The picture was taken at the train station in Bologna, Italy on August 2, 1980. I missed being there by a couple of days. Italy thought it had a deal with the PLO not to carry out terror attacks on its soil. It was wrong. The European Union is about to repeat the mistake. The EU may declare Hezbullah a designated terror organization, but only if they reach the conclusion that Hezbullah was behind the terror attack at a Bulgarian airport a few months ago....
  • Al Qaeda-linked plot to attack passenger train broken up by Canadian,US [Canada creates Terrorists!]

    04/22/2013 3:06:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    Fox - non State Media ^ | April 22 2013 | FNS
    Canadian authorities announced Monday they have broken up an Al Qaeda-linked terror plot to attack a passenger train as it crossed over a bridge in the Toronto area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that two suspects have been arrested on terrorism charges. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in greater Montreal and Toronto -- were conspiring to carry out an Al Qaeda-supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat to the public. "It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters at a news conference. Read more:...
  • GE to Cut Back Trains (Cut 950 Jobs, Some Go to Texas)

    04/10/2013 6:58:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09 April 2013 | Kate Linebaugh
    General Electric Co. GE +0.35%plans to cut 950 jobs at its unionized locomotive plant in Pennsylvania and shift one-sixth of the employment to a newer facility in Texas, citing weaker North American locomotive demand due to falling coal prices. The job cuts will begin in October pending a 60-day period of talks with union leaders. GE met with representatives from the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers union Tuesday. The company plans to add 160 jobs in Texas. GE's factory in Fort Worth, Texas—which isn't unionized and began locomotive production in January—is 20% more productive per employee than the more-than-100-year-old...
  • The Rail Traffic Chart That Should Eliminate Any Of Your Worries About The US Economy

    03/07/2013 1:42:08 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-7-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Rail Traffic Chart That Should Eliminate Any Of Your Worries About The US Economy Joe WeisenthalMarch 7, 2013 Rail = the real economy. This is good. Highest 12 week moving average in rail traffic since 2011. twitter.com/cullenroche/st… — Cullen Roche (@cullenroche) March 7, 2013
  • How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy

    03/03/2013 2:46:18 AM PST · by iowamark · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | NATHANIEL RICH
    Vickie, Alice, Lisa, Debbie, Barbara, Chris, Clair and Cootz boarded the Los Angeles-bound Sunset Limited in Schriever, La., and immediately took residence in the glass-sheathed Sightseer Lounge car. The eight women squeezed into two booths on either side of the aisle and began to scream with laughter. With a quiet, pneumatic exhalation, the Sunset Limited left the station; it was 90 minutes into its journey, with 45 hours and 5 minutes to go... It climbed steadily for two miles before passing over the dizzyingly narrow span of the Huey P. Long Bridge. From up there, 145 feet above the Mississippi...
  • Sequester Forces Biden to Take Amtrak

    03/01/2013 8:25:00 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Mar 1, 2013 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Newsmax Sequester Forces Biden to Take Amtrak Friday, March 1, 2013 10:04 AM By: Sandy Fitzgerald Joe Biden’s military flights back home to Delaware will be grounded starting this weekend, as the vice president plans to start taking Amtrak trains to help cut the costs involved in using military transport for the short trip. Biden said he initiated the change in travel plans, Fox News reports, saying the change is the one part of the sequester that works to his benefit. According to published reports, it costs the government tens of thousands of dollars every time Biden takes Air Force...
  • Stockholm train crashed into apartments 'by cleaner'

    01/16/2013 12:47:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/16/13 | BBC
    A cleaning woman stole an empty commuter train in a suburb of Stockholm and crashed it into a house, injuring herself, Swedish officials say. The four-carriage train was driven out of the depot for about a mile until it jumped the tracks, becoming wedged into a three-storey building. Police arrested a woman, who was flown to a Stockholm hospital with serious injuries. Nobody else was hurt. A railway official confirmed the woman in custody was an employee. "We have only heard good things about her," Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for train operator Arriva, was quoted as saying by AP news...
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • San Jose, CA light rail among the nation's worst

    12/27/2012 12:00:43 PM PST · by fifedom · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | 12/27/12 | Mike Rosenberg
    there was no grand celebration this month as Silicon Valley marked 25 years of light rail... The near-empty trolleys that often shuttle by at barely faster than jogging speeds serve as a constant reminder that the car is still king in Silicon Valley -- and that the Valley Transportation Authority's trains are among the least successful in the nation by any metric.
  • Dayton's transportation group urges higher gas tax, tab fees

    12/01/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-1-12 | Martiga Lohn
    Gov. Mark Dayton's own transportation advisory panel called Friday for a higher state gas tax and other fees and taxes to raise at least $50 billion more for roads and transit over the coming two decades. The Transportation Finance Advisory Committee's recommendations aim to improve the state's roads and expand transit, including new light rail lines, as a boost to the state's economy. Dayton created the group in January, saying a deteriorating transportation system was hurting economic growth. Dayton spokesman Katharine Tinucci said the governor has yet to review the recommendations. The report comes as the Democratic governor is preparing...
  • German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet

    11/02/2012 2:38:29 PM PDT · by Cindy · 27 replies
    SPIEGEL.de - SPIEGEL Online ^ | November 1, 2012 | by Christoph Sydow
      "German Islamists Target Youth on the Internet" By Christoph Sydow 11/01/2012 "Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan." PHOTO CAPTION: "A growing community of German-speaking Islamists has developed on the Internet. Aiming to find new recruits, they glorify jihad and call for attacks on Germany. A new study warns that such online propaganda might foster a new generation of terrorists." SNIPPET: "International terrorist groups like al-Qaida recognized the importance of the Internet for recruiting new supporters early on." SNIPPET: "Intelligence services can also take advantage of the anonymity of Internet forums to deliberately plant false information or obtain insider...
  • New WebCams - Cumbres & Toltec RR, Chama NM

    10/06/2012 3:24:34 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    Two live web cams went on line this weekend in Chama, NM showing the train yard of the steam-powered narrow gauge RR. As of the time of this posting, the daily eastbound passenger train from Antonito, CO has just arrived and stopped at the depot. After the passengers depart, the two other live steam engines will separate the cars for servicing and arranging for Sunday's departures. All of this under blue skies and autumn fall colors. Enjoy! http://www.coloradonewmexicosteamtrain.org/yard-cams.htm
  • Amtrak workers failing drug tests more often

    09/28/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Assoicated Press ^ | September 28, 2012 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    <p>A government watchdog says Amtrak's train operators are testing positive for drugs and alcohol more and more frequently over the last six years.</p>
  • Twin Cities to host 2014 national transit advocacy conference

    08/02/2012 9:09:55 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-2-12 | Frederick Melo
    Organizers of a national transit advocacy conference have chosen the Twin Cities as the host site for their fall 2014 event, which is expected to draw roughly 1,000 rail enthusiasts and transit planners from across the country. The "Rail-Volution" board of directors approved a joint proposal from the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Organizers say their next step is to find a Twin Cities conference site. The timing is no coincidence. In 2014, the Green Line -- currently more commonly known as the Central Corridor light-rail transit line -- will begin taking...
  • IDF Trains for ‘Arab Spring' in Judea and Samaria

    07/23/2012 12:08:20 AM PDT · by Nachum
    inn ^ | 7/22/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A large-scale IDF exercise in Judea and Samaria, the first in three years, is preparing soldiers in the Menashe Brigade for a possible "Arab Spring" rebellion. The brigade is based near Jenin, located in central Samaria between the Mediterranean Coast and the Jordan River. “The drill tested main scenarios of a potential violent escalation in the region, including terrorist attacks on a local road, terrorists infiltrating a community and killing civilians, abduction of soldiers, numerous explosives set on a fence and more,” military spokesmen reported on the IDF Website. Forces from the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), Israeli Police, Israeli emergency...
  • Paving The Way for Driverless Cars

    07/21/2012 12:05:53 PM PDT · by garjog · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 18, 2012 | By Clifford Winston
    California’s proposed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco—which Gov. Jerry Brown is likely to sign off on soon—has been characterized by the Obama administration and its other supporters as an effective way to reduce highway congestion. These costs amount to more than $100 billion annually in wasted time and higher fuel expenses. In fact, a much better technological solution is on the horizon, if we pave the way by getting rid of obsolete highway design. It is already possible to imagine a world in which you could predict exactly how long it would take to drive in your...
  • Metro: Heat likely the cause of train derailment

    07/08/2012 7:02:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Matthew Cella
    Metro officials on Saturday said excessive heat was the probable cause for a train derailment Friday in Prince George’s County. Investigators said a “heat kink” due to extreme high temperatures and direct exposure to sunlight likely caused the rails to expand, resulting in the derailment. The derailment was reported on the inbound stretch of the Green Line near the West Hyattsville Station around 4:45 p.m.
  • Amtrak and self-driving cars aka "road trains" [vanity]

    05/31/2012 7:50:04 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 18 replies
    Two days ago I asked you all to answer my ignorant questions about Amtrak, which I misspelled as Amtrack. (Thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2889095/posts) First, thanks for the helpful responses. It was very informative. Today I made the 5 hr trip by car that I loathe. This same trip that would have cost me ~$300 and 16+ hrs round trip on Amtrak, according to the estimates on their website. By car, (assuming gas prices stay the same), it will be $100 and 10 hrs. Obviously, the car wins. But there's one thing missing from the comments on the other thread--something no one even...
  • Please answer my ignorant questions about AMTRACK [vanity]

    05/29/2012 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 75 replies
    29 May 2012 | me
    Alternate title for this post: Dreams from My Freightcar: A Story of Pace and Incompetence 1. Why can't private passenger trains operate like plane companies? 2. Why don't we rip up some old tracks and turn them into true high-speed elevated rail that travels at 500 kilometers/hr? 3. Why is Amtrack, as it is now, so inefficient and crappy when train transportation is supposedly so efficient (CSX's 430+miles/gallon fuel) 4. There seems to be an inverse relationship of luxury to efficiency. Plane travel is torture, but it's efficient. Train travel could be luxurious since it's not fuel inefficient, but is...
  • California's high speed rail boondoggle just won't die (Jerry Brown still wants $100 billion rail)

    05/20/2012 7:57:01 AM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5/20/2012 | Rick Moran
    The Wall Street Journal has the backstory about how Governor Jerry Brown is insisting on trying to complete the high speed rail plan despite a budget shortfall of $16 billion: Transportation experts warn that the 500-mile bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles could cost more than $100 billion, though the Governor pegs the price at a mere $68 billion. The state has $12.3 billion in pocket, $9 billion from the state and $3.3 billion from the feds, but Mr. Brown hasn't a clue where he'll get the rest. [Snip] In 2008 voters approved $9 billion in bonds for...
  • Italy Introduces Ferrari on Rails

    05/17/2012 11:23:24 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 8 replies
    Spiegel online international ^ | 04/24/2012 | Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
    Italy's burgundy red Ferrari on rails is finally going into service. Starting on April 28, the "Italo" will travel at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour between Milan, Rome and Naples. The new high-speed train is more environmentally friendly and also cheaper than its competitors -- on both the rails and roads.
  • 150 Anniversary of America’s Great Locomotive Chase

    04/12/2012 2:37:07 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 12, 2012 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Our nation's most famous locomotive "The General" is now home at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia. See more at: http://www.southernmuseum.org/2012/02/southern-museum-gearing-up-for-great-locomotive-chase-sesquicentennial/
  • State senators say they won't rush bullet train plans

    04/12/2012 7:54:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 11, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian
    The plan to build the California bullet train is almost certain to be approved Thursday by the state's high-speed rail authority at a board meeting in San Francisco, but the project is facing a less certain future in Sacramento. The rail authority has long insisted that it needs to move as quickly as possible, starting construction on an initial $6-billion segment of track through the Central Valley this year to meet the terms of a federal grant that covers more than half of the initial project. But that push by the authority, labor unions and the Brown administration for quick...
  • Debt from Big Dig hampers MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority)

    04/11/2012 4:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    AP via Boston Herald ^ | Sunday, April 8, 2012
    For nearly a decade, traffic has been zipping through Boston’s Big Dig tunnels, the nation’s costliest highway project that has also left a gaping financial hole in the state’s transportation budget that isn’t likely to be filled anytime soon. "Big Dig debt" has lately become one of the most frequently used—if not fully understood—terms in Massachusetts government. It was at the forefront of a tumultuous public debate over the MBTA’s finances that ultimately produced an average 23 percent fare hike and modest service cuts, but no permanent solutions for the chronically underfunded transit system. Next year, it could spark a...