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More HSR infrastructure woes in China
Part of a high speed rail line ongoing operations testing collapsed in central China following heavy rains, state media reported Monday, renewing global concerns about the safety and efficiency of…
U.S. riders aid Eurostar 2011 ridership, revenue
U.S. travelers may be hard-pressed to incorporate high speed rail into their domestic travels, but apparently have few problems adding Eurostar as a component for their itineraries abroad. Eurostar said…
LaHood tours Siemens plant, reiterates HSR support
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the Siemens Mobility plan in South Sacrmento, Calif., on Wednesday, extolling it as an example of how U.S. workers can provide quality manufactured goods.
Amtrak cleared for HrSR speeds in Midwest
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph, following successful installation…
Calif. governor: Cap-and-trade to fund HSR
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Sunday the state’s 700-mile high speed rail project will cost far less than the state's current estimate of nearly $100 billion, and also said that…
Bombardier partnership eyes “green train"
New generation trains running on existing track can easily combine higher speeds, lower energy consumption, reduced noise, and lower costs, according to findings by Swedish researchers released Wednesday in Stockholm.…
How private enterprise can strengthen Amtrak
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) has made no secret of his disdain for Amtrak, often referring to it as our “Soviet style rail system.”
The public interest in continued rail service
In Abraham Lincoln’s day, the Illinois Central line linking Chicago with Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis was preferred for passenger service because, of the five major lines that connected the…
2012 PASSENGER RAIL OUTLOOK: In troubled times, still growing
In long-range perspective, the story of North American passenger rail is one of extraordinary growth. The story isn’t over.
Passenger rail’s modal percentage potential: How high is up?
What's passenger rail's potential modal split in the U.S.? That's something to ponder as rail transit gathers strength in an auto-dependent nation during the 21st century. Even ardent pro-rail advocates…
At CHSRA, CEO resigns, chair steps down
California High-Speed Rail Authority Chairman Thomas J. Umberg announced Thursday that CEO Roelof van Ark had resigned from the authority, effective in two months.
Amtrak president recaps FY12 plans
Covering little if any new ground for regular rail industry observers, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman on Jan. 12 highlighted the company’s plan to begin acquiring 70 electric locomotives and 130…
Calif. governor hailed for HSR support
The chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors, Thomas J. Umberg, on Thursday released a statement praising Gov. Jerrry Brown, following the unveiling of the governors’ 2012-13…
LaHood grants Illinois funds for HrSR
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Wednesday formally awarded more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for its higher-speed rail project (HrSR), saying the project will reduce travel…
U.S. HSR: Ready or not?
Optimists insist the U.S. is finally poised to join the world’s “true” high speed rail club. Skeptics say a hostile Congress could make that advance more difficult. Both may be…
LaHood, in testimony, defends HSR
Ignoring or perhaps outright challenging Congress’ decision to eliminate U.S. high speed rail funding, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday vigorously defended the concept in testimony before the House Transportation…
Poll: Californians reconsider HSR support
A poll published Tuesday by the Sacramento Bee indicates declining support for California’s high speed rail proposal among the state’s citizenry, which voted to approve the attempt three years ago.
DOT grants $928.6 million for California HSR
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Tuesday formally awarded a $928.6 million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for phase 1 ofconstruction of California high speed rail. The move comes even…
Seeking true high speed rail for the Northeast
Amtrak Sept. 28 unveiled an ambitious vision for "Next-Generation High-Speed Rail service" in the Northeast, superseding and complementing its existing Northeast Corridor, and designed to dramatically reduce travel times between…
Why passenger rail—and Amtrak—are vital to America
When the private freight railroads desperately wanted out of the passenger rail business, Congress saw the need for a single national passenger rail service provider with a mission to improve…
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