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Old March 17th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #701
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Old March 19th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #702
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Wow. The stupid. It's overpowering.

Don't even know what to say about this...

From the National Association of Railway Passengers' March 15, 2013 Hotline-

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The Ohio State Legislature’s Committee on Transportation has voted to leave the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission and reject new funding for transit from the Department of Transportation’s two-year budget, eliciting criticism for advocates of intelligent transportation.

The Committee voted against including the $15,000 annual fee required to take part in the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, a group which brings together state leaders from across the region to coordinate the development of the Midwest passenger rail network.

“These actions by [Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)] and the state’s current Republican leadership are penny-wise and pound-foolish,” said All Aboard Ohio Chairman Ronald Sheck. “They are undoing recent bipartisan progress to expand alternatives to an overbuilt highway system that young people are walking, biking and riding away from. ODOT’s financial woes will only accelerate as Baby Boomers retire. It’s time for ODOT to think outside the car.”

The committee also voted against a $35 million Ohio Transportation Choices Fund proposal, which would’ve developed public transit, rail, and other alternatives to driving.

“ODOT spends only 1% of its $3 billion annual budget on transit even though 9% of Ohio households have no car, Census data shows," states an All Aboard Ohio responding to the state legislature’s move. “Many more households have multiple wage earners sharing just one car. About 15.5% of federal gas tax revenues are required to go to transit. Ohio will be unable to tap most of those funds for two years to connect more Ohioans to jobs, healthcare and education.”

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Old March 20th, 2013, 03:14 AM   #703
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Long Island Rail Road crews worked overnight in rain and sleet to re-rail a derailed train in Rego Park, Queens, on March 19, 2013. Crews hoped to have full train service restored as quickly as possible.

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Long Island Rail Road crews worked overnight in rain and sleet to re-rail a derailed train in Rego Park, Queens, on March 19, 2013. Crews hoped to have full train service restored as quickly as possible.

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Long Island Rail Road crews worked overnight in rain and sleet to re-rail a derailed train in Rego Park, Queens, on March 19, 2013. Crews hoped to have full train service restored as quickly as possible.

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Long Island Rail Road crews worked overnight in rain and sleet to re-rail a derailed train in Rego Park, Queens, on March 19, 2013. Crews hoped to have full train service restored as quickly as possible.

Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 10:59 PM   #704
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PENNSAUKEN, NJ | Train Station

Here is some news about a long-awaited interchange station in New Jersey, between the Philadelphia-Atlantic City NJ Transit commuter rail line and the Camden-Trenton NJ Transit RIVER Line.

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http://www.philly.com/philly/news/lo...ompletion.html

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Pennsauken train station nears completion

Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013, 3:01 AM
Workers are nearing completion of a $36 million, multilevel Pennsauken train station to connect the Atlantic City Line and the River Line, and passengers are expected to be able to use it by fall.

The Pennsauken Transit Center, near Derousse Avenue west of River Road, will allow direct transfers between trains on the east-west Atlantic City Line and the north-south River Line.

The connection will provide additional access for area residents to 30th Street Station, Atlantic City, and the River Line's service between Camden and Trenton.

NJ Transit buses also will serve the station. Federal stimulus funds are paying for the project.

"We are getting closer and closer to the end of the construction phase," said NJ Transit spokesman John Durso. "The roof is on, the windows are going in, and lights on the platform and parking lot are all shining. However, there is still more work to be done, and we are expecting that the station will be completed and opened for customer use by this fall."

A 200-foot platform with a 60-foot canopy is ready for customers along the light-rail River Line, and two 300-foot-long, high-level platforms have been built on either side of the elevated Atlantic City Line tracks. Workers are putting in two sets of stairs and two elevators for passengers to access the two rail lines.

A 280-space parking lot in front of the station is still in the construction phase.

Local artist J. Kenneth Leap will install glass-encased art on the station facade to celebrate Pennsauken's history and the role of women in the community.

NJ Transit officials hope the station will boost ridership on the underused Atlantic City Line, which operates from Philadelphia with stops in Cherry Hill, Lindenwold, Atco, Hammonton, Egg Harbor City, and Absecon.

The River Line, which opened in 2004, makes 20 stops in towns along the Delaware River.

Contact Paul Nussbaum

at 215-854-4587 or [email protected].




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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:31 PM   #705
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Old June 5th, 2013, 05:34 PM   #706
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New Haven Union Station & Yard


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Old June 6th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #707
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Something needs to be done about the track from New Haven to the NY border, it really slows down the Acela service, as nothing can run above 70. If it were upgraded to a qualitly like the line past New Haven, a half hour could be feasibly docked
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Old June 13th, 2013, 09:23 AM   #708
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East Side Access update - June 5, 2013

Future Long Island Railroad Grand Central Concourse

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Old August 3rd, 2013, 02:32 AM   #709
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Metrolink

Metrolink is the commuter rail system for greater Los Angeles.

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Posted July 30, 2013 by Paul Gonzales
Metrolink to Double Antelope Valley Line Sunday Service


Metrolink Antelope Valley train waiting at Union Station.

Twice as many Metrolink trains will provide Sunday service on the Antelope Valley line beginning Aug. 17 with an increase from six to 12 trains, officials of the regional commuter rail service announced today. The service enhancement is designed to improve connectivity with trains going to and from Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The additional service is funded by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

“Doubling the number of Sunday trains on the Antelope Valley Line is in response to the growth in ridership of Metrolink service,” said Metrolink CEO Michael DePallo. “Passengers will be able to easily transfer at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to their destinations in Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties and get back on convenient schedules.”

Currently, Metrolink services the Antelope Valley line with 12 trains on Saturday and six on Sunday. Starting Aug. 17, there will be three morning departures and three in the afternoon from the Antelope Valley with all trips ending at Union Station. There will be six departures from Union Station on the Antelope Valley Line with two in the morning and four in the afternoon and evening.

The schedule change on Saturday and the expansion of the Sunday service will allow passengers transferring to and from Amtrak, and Metrolink’s Orange County or San Bernardino lines reduce wait times and expand connectivity.

Learn more about Metrolink schedules and fares at www.metrolinktrains.com or call (800) 371-5465 (LINK).
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The Amtrak Cascades route between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington recently had its two new Talgo trainsets delivered. They were paid for using federal stimulus money, and cost $38.4 million. Each transit is a 13-car unit, and since Talgos share wheels, they cannot be reconfigured. Each train can seat 288 passengers, and includes a bistro, dining, 2 business class cars, and a bicycle/luggage car. The trains are apparently fully compliant with the FRA crash standards, although the older Talgo trains that have been running for 10 years in the Pacific NW aren't, and run under an FRA waiver. However, that will be a moot point in 2015.

I don't think they are actually being used for revenue service yet, they may be still in the testing phase. Unfortunately, the front end is pretty ugly, but at least we have modern equipment that can run @125 mph - if the rails are ever upgraded to support it!

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all pics courtesy of ODOT

The trains run along a 466 mile rail corridor, although Portland and Seattle are only about 177 miles apart, a 3.5-hour trip @79 mph, which is competitive with driving and flying. This corridor serves about 8 million people throughout the NW.

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http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/nr/rdonlyres...drangeplan.pdf
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 08:36 PM   #712
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Why the heck can't the US build/buy good looking rolling stock?
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Old December 2nd, 2013, 09:40 PM   #713
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Why the heck can't the US build/buy good looking rolling stock?
Because the European train manfacturer Talgo was forced by the FRA regulations
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Because the European train manfacturer Talgo was forced by the FRA regulations
Man, look at those two massive reinforcement columns sticking up inside the driving cab- talk about significant blind spots!
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Old December 3rd, 2013, 08:48 AM   #715
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Have you taken a look at most of the NA driving trailers? The driver view in most of them is even worse. This same layout is used througout the world though (UK and Japan amongst others). On the other hand: wouldn't one reinforcement column in the middle have sufficed?
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ACS-64 600 is to debut in revenue service on Friday, February 8th, on train 171 from BOS to WAS. Keep your eyes open.
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Maryland project could be delayed over controversy on Holocaust issues

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A French train company is facing an unusual and severe stumbling block before it can be considered for a new rail project in Maryland: finally cleaning up its role in shuttling victims to Nazi concentration camps.



The State Department has been holding informal talks with French officials over reparations to U.S.-based victims who were sent to concentration camps on trains owned by French company Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) during World War II. SNCF’s U.S. subsidiary company, Keolis, is one of the companies bidding on the Purple Line in Maryland, a $2.2 billion light-rail project that would link up to Washington’s Metro system and other commuter hubs in the area.

A state senator introduced legislation last month that would prevent the company from receiving American government contracts until reparations are paid out. If passed, it could become the first state law banning a company with Holocaust ties from receiving government contracts.

Keolis is one of four companies chosen by the Maryland Department of Transportation to bid on the line, which would allow them to design, build, operate, maintain and help finance the project. Maryland has set aside $750 million for the project and are seeking $500 to $900 million from a private company for a contract that could last for up to 40 years.

The campaign for reparations has been spearheaded by a 92-year-old Maryland resident and Holocaust survivor, Leo Bretholz, who escaped from a SNCF train that was en route to Auschwitz in 1942
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Post Office Air Rights Sale Could Fund Penn Station Expansion
Monday, March 3, 2014, by Hana R. Alberts



Farley Post Office's long-talked-about conversion into Moynihan Station seems like a pipe dream, but now state officials are talking about one concrete way to raise funds. The plan seems pretty simple and it goes like this: 1) find a buyer for the post office's 1.5 million square feet of air rights; 2) use the money to expand Penn Station into the post office. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Empire State Development Corporation issued an RFP last month for the post office's unused real estate development rights, which could likely be transferred within a few blocks from the post office's location on Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd streets, but what's murky is "how fast the state intends to proceed with the selection of a broker and marketing of development rights, nor is it clear if developers would be willing to pay a price that satisfies state officials or that would fully fund the project." Which would be hundreds of millions of dollars.

Nevertheless, in light the post office conversion's long, setback-filled history—which has spanned two decades—this is the first time we've seen officials take even the slightest step towards making the Penn Station expansion an unarrested development. The grand, columned post office space would be used as a waiting room for Amtrak. According to the RFP, via the WSJ: "Under the new plan, the state would use revenue from the sales to pay down debt on the property and help pay for transforming 'the Old Sorting Hall within the Farley Building into the new, sky-lit train hall comparable in size; to Grand Central Terminal, the document says."
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Amtrak ACS-64 Action today, 3/11/14:
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600 on Northeast Regional Train 184; Trenton Transit Center, 11:45 am.
601 on Silver Star Train 91; Trenton Transit Center, 12:00 pm.
600 on Northeast Regional Train 129; Metropark, 5:15 pm.

It seems that they have moved 601 to the long distance train set rotations for the time being, as it came up from WAS on the Crescent on 3/10/14 and went back down to WAS on the Silver Star today. Word has it that 602 will be seeing service relatively soon; as soon as the end of this week.
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