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  • Gateway project to build new Hudson River tunnels wins key federal approval

    05/28/2021 12:55:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | May 28, 2021 | Larry Higgs
    Federal Railroad Administration officials approved a Record of Decision Friday for the Environmental Impact Study for the tunnel project between New Jersey and New York, that’s part of the larger Gateway Project. That will allow rehabilitation of the existing 110-year-old tunnels currently used by 450-plus Amtrak and NJ Transit trains a day. The decision allows significant work to begin on a tunnel project that has been sought since October 2014 when an Amtrak engineering study that found the original 1910-era tunnels built by the Pennsylvania Railroad were on borrowed time. Flooding from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and the wear...
  • Joe Biden's Bizarre Amtrak Story That Never Could Have Happened as He Claimed

    05/06/2021 10:01:18 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | May 6, 2021 | Nick Arama
    To be honest, it’s hard to keep up with Joe Biden’s confusion, and there was a part that was even crazier than I realized at the time I wrote that story. This part might be even more troubling because it’s flat-out bizarre, and there’s no way it could have happened the way Biden claimed. Biden told a story about a conversation he allegedly had with a conductor named Angelo Negri, a conversation that Biden places in his fourth or fifth year as vice-president (which would be around 2013-2014). Here are some of the problems. Biden’s mother died in 2010, so...
  • Amtrak Releases New Proposed Map After Biden's Infrastructure Speech. The Responses are Brutal.

    04/01/2021 9:50:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 92 replies ^ | 4/1/2021 1040hrs edt | Cortney O'Brien
    In Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the president unveiled his new $2.5 trillion "infrastructure" plan which, as Katie explained, has little to do with physical infrastructure at all. Most of the money is reportedly saved to fight climate change and social justice projects. And Amtrak wants in. Amtrak, President Biden's famously favorite mode of transportation, is now seeking to take advantage of the president's new infrastructure spending. They are asking for Congress to pave the way to help them carry 52 million passengers a year by 2035. They also released their proposed map, which includes new routes to their schedules. Some rather...
  • NJ Engineer Steals, Resells $53,535 Worth of Chainsaws, Parts From Amtrak: Officials

    03/09/2021 2:36:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | 03/09/2021
    A 48-year-old Amtrak worker has been arrested for allegedly stealing chainsaws and chainsaw parts valued at more than $50,000 from his employer and reselling them, mainly via an online auction service, federal prosecutors in New Jersey say. Jose Rodriguez, of Brick, faces one count of theft from an agency receiving federal funds and one count of theft of government property for the alleged years-long scheme, Acting U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Rachel Honig said Tuesday. According to court papers, Rodriguez has been an Amtrak employee since October 2007, most recently as a senior engineer and repairman based out of a...
  • Murphy Administration Celebrates Final Step Toward Construction of New Portal North Bridge

    01/18/2021 5:08:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | January 14, 2021 | Insider NJ
    TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy, alongside Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Congressman Tom Malinowski, and Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia, today celebrated the finalization of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to construct a new Portal North Bridge. NJ TRANSIT CEO and President Kevin Corbett executed the agreement with the FTA today, which will provide $766.5 million dollars in federal funding for the Portal North Bridge. The new Portal North Bridge, a $1.8 billion...
  • Biden no longer taking Amtrak to inauguration amid security concerns

    01/13/2021 7:22:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | 5:07 PM ET, Wed January 13, 2021 | Jeff Zeleny, Arlette Saenz and Kate Sullivan
    President-elect Joe Biden will no longer take the Amtrak to Washington next week to be sworn in as president, two officials familiar with the planning tell CNN, a sudden change that comes amid dramatically heightened security surrounding the inauguration. A decision was made this week for Biden not to take the 90-minute ride from his namesake station in Wilmington, Delaware, officials said, with at least some of the concerns hinging on his arrival at Union Station in Washington, which is only blocks from the now heavily fortified US Capitol. Biden previously had instructed his team to keep moving forward with...
  • Amtrack, the government run passenger rail system, purchases soda for $3.40 per serving, and then resells it to customers for $2.00. Meanwhile, McDonald’s purchases soda for 9 cents per serving, and then resells it to customers for $1.29.

    12/26/2020 1:15:52 PM PST · by grundle · 72 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 26, 2020 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Amtrack, the government run passenger rail system, purchases soda for $3.40 per serving, and then resells it to customers for $2.00. Meanwhile, McDonald’s purchases soda for 9 cents per serving, and then resells it to customers for $1.29.Amtrack, the government run passenger rail system, purchases soda for $3.40 per serving, and then resells it to customers for $2.00. So they are selling it at a loss. The taxpayers make up the difference. Source: Meanwhile, McDonald’s purchases soda for 9 cents per serving, and then resells it to customers for $1.29. So they make a profit. Source: In my...
  • So What IS the Deal With The Governor And This New Gateway Project Report?

    12/02/2020 10:28:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    StreetsBlog NYC ^ | November 30, 2020 | Dave Colon
    What the L? Gov. Cuomo rocked the regional transportation world this week when he cheered a report suggesting that the existing cross-Hudson tunnels between New Jersey and New York don’t need a full shutdown to rebuild them, potentially throwing yet another wrench into the plan to build a new pair of tunnels to boost interstate rail capacity, a $13-billion piece of the Gateway Project. It’s the latest baffling twist in the decade-plus-long saga. On Sunday, the governor suggested that a report done for the Port Authority by consultants London Bridge Associates showed that the existing century-old tunnels could be fixed...
  • Joe Biden’s Boosters Financed His Prodigal Son’s Entire Career

    10/20/2020 7:56:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2020 | Paul Sperry
    While most of the attention on Hunter Biden has focused on his dealings in Ukraine and China when his father was in the White House, he also cashed in on cushy jobs and sweetheart deals throughout his dadÂ’s long Senate career. Hunter Biden profited from his fatherÂ’s political connections long before he struck questionable deals in countries where Joe Biden was undertaking diplomatic missions as vice president. In fact, virtually all the jobs listed on his resume going back to his first position out of college, which paid a six-figure salary, came courtesy of the former six-term senatorÂ’s donors, lobbyists,...
  • Delivering Amtrak's New Acela High Speed Trains

    05/25/2020 7:17:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    ModelTrainStuff ^ | March 27, 2020 | ModelTrainStuff
    Delivering Amtrak's New Acela High Speed Trains In February 2020, Amtrak's first Avelia Liberty Acela set departed the Alstom factory in Hornell, NY. We made the trip to capture the action, along with the first "production" set which departed a month later to the Northeast Corridor!
  • Why a $600 million herd of iron horses has been put out to pasture in Salt Lake City

    04/28/2020 11:30:56 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 51 replies
    Deserrt News ^ | 26 April 2020 | John Hollenhorst
    If a railroad locomotive is an iron horse, then a vast herd of them has been put out to pasture in Salt Lake City. They’re lined up, nose to tail, waiting to go nowhere — at least for now. By some estimates as many as 200 railroad engines — each one costing about $3 million — have been sidelined over the last year or so in a Union Pacific rail yard just north of downtown Salt Lake City. And it has nothing at all to do with the new coronavirus. A company spokeswoman for Union Pacific refused to answer detailed...
  • Amtrak to suspend nonstop Acela trains between DC, NY amid coronavirus concerns

    03/07/2020 9:36:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2020 | Kaelan Deese
    Amtrak announced Friday it would temporarily suspend its Acela Nonstop trains between Washington and New York beginning March 10 amid concerns about the coronavirus. The company said in a statement that demand for direct routes between the cities has decreased and that nonstop service will be suspended through May 26. "As we are experiencing some reduced demand for our service, we are making temporary adjustments to our schedule, such as removing train cars or cancelling trains when there is a convenient alternative with a similar schedule that will have minimal impact to customers," Amtrak said in a statement. The statement...
  • Local train crossings blocked, all trains stopped nation-wide (Lansing, MI)

    11/21/2019 9:29:37 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 59 replies
    WILX TV 10 ^ | 11/21/19 | News 10
    LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Capital Area Ingham County Alerts sent out a notification that "all trains nation-wide have been stopped for an undetermined amount of time." The alert said specific crossings that are blocked in our area are Hagadorn/Service in East Lansing and Marsh/Haslett in Meridian Township. News 10 reached out to East Lansing Police Chief Steve Gonzalez regarding the issue. "I don't know if it's a system failure or what, but it seems pretty large-scale," Gonzalez said. He said he is not aware of any injuries or accidents that would case a train to stop here locally. Marc Magliari,...
  • FLASHBACK: Hunter Biden’s One Qualification for Amtrak Board Was Taking Trains

    10/17/2019 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/15/2019 | Brent Scher
    Hunter Biden's only qualification for obtaining a seat on the Amtrak board of directors in 2006 was that he often rode trains. That's according to his father Joe Biden's Delaware colleague in the Senate, Tom Carper, who offered the sole nomination speech for the younger Biden when his name was presented in the Senate Commerce Committee. In his prepared remarks, Carper said Biden would be an "excellent addition" to the board, but was unable to list any reason beyond his frequent use of trains. "More significantly, Hunter has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains," Carper said after listing...
  • Local Man Takes Advantage Of 3-Hour DMV Wait To Pen Blog Post Arguing For Government-Run Healthcare

    09/01/2019 5:41:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 27 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | February 8th, 2018
    SANTA ANA, CA—When local man Ralph Dunkley found himself in the midst of a three-hour-long wait for a two-minute service at his local DMV office, he decided to redeem the time by pulling out his iPad and carefully pecking out a 5,000-word blog post arguing in favor of a government-run healthcare system in the U.S. “America is way behind the rest of the civilized world—we need universal healthcare and NOW,” Dunkley typed as dozens of people around him moaned in agony while waiting in their seemingly never-ending DMV purgatory. “The United States government has more than proven its capability of...
  • 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...
  • 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."
  • Truck driver found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter

    02/28/2019 1:16:34 PM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Tyler Hammel
    After more than five hours of deliberation Wednesday, a jury found a trash truck driver not guilty in a fatal 2018 train crash. Dana Naylor Jr., 31, initially was charged with involuntary manslaughter and maiming while under the influence after authorities said he drove a Time Disposal garbage truck onto train tracks on Jan. 31, 2018, and was struck by a chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress. The collision killed Chris Foley and severely injured Dennis Eddy. Both men were passengers in the trash truck. The DUI maiming charge was dropped Wednesday morning after being rendered moot by...
  • An Amtrak train with 183 passengers has been stranded in snowy Oregon since Sunday

    02/26/2019 7:50:23 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2019 | Christina Maxouris and Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN
    (CNN)As record snow keeps falling in Oregon, almost 200 people remain trapped on an Amtrak train that came to a sudden stop Sunday evening south of Eugene. The train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. It hasn't moved more than 30 hours. But with heat, power and (so far) food, passengers say the mood onboard is surprisingly upbeat. "It's just been like a giant kumbaya party," Rebekah Dodson told CNN early Tuesday. "Strangers are playing cards. A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep. Ladies who have never met before were dancing in...
  • L.A.-Bound Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Has Been Stranded in Oregon for More Than 24 Hours

    02/26/2019 7:18:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    KTLA ^ | 02/26/2019
    The train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. It hasn’t moved more than 30 hours. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN that none of the 183 passengers and dozen crew members were injured, but that “conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees.” “Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon,” The train had power and enough food on board — for which passengers will not be charged, Amtrak said on Twitter on Monday. But...