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Old April 21st, 2014, 07:50 AM   #4661
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From Orlando Sentinel:

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Crist says Florida should put high-speed rail back on track
April 3, 2014, by Scott Powers

Charlie Crist wants to bring the high-speed rail plan back to the Orlando-Tampa corridor, three years after Gov. Rick Scott canceled it and President Barack Obama redistributed its $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to other states.

Crist, who was in Orlando on Thursday night for a fundraiser hosted by his boss John Morgan, slipped away for a press conference and to shake most diners' hands in the Wildside BBQ Bar & Grille in the Thornton Park area.

Now the Democratic front runner in the 2014 governor's race, Crist called for changes to Florida's Stand Your Ground law to exclude those who instigate conflicts and then shoot. He also defended budget decisions he made as a Republican governor, promoted the Affordable Care Act, and called for an alternative to I-4 traffic between Orlando and Tampa Bay.

Crist had championed the Orlando-to-Tampa bullet train plan as governor. Scott succeeded him and quickly rejected the plan, calling it a boondoggle that would cost Florida too much in the long run.

"It's just a shame that didn't happen," Crist said. "If we maybe have someone who gets along with the president, talks to him again, we maybe can get that high-speed rail money back here to Central Florida."

Crist said his 2009 and '10 budgets succeeded, though he used money he knew then would go away and constrict future budgets. That includes the one-time federal stimulus money he used to support teachers and other public employees, as well as increases in auto fees that Scott rolled back this week.

He avoided talking about the deeply recessed state economy that Scott inherited, but laid claim to the current improving economy, something that Scott contends is his legacy.

"We've got the largest budget in the history of Florida this year," Crist said. "So basically the bridge we put together for a better Florida worked out very well. So I'm glad."
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 02:48 AM   #4662
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From Orlando Sentinel:

wrong crist, you are no better than scott.
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Old April 23rd, 2014, 06:39 PM   #4663
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^Nothing this guy says has any sense of realism to it. I find it pretty humorous actually.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 02:35 AM   #4664
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^Nothing this guy says has any sense of realism to it. I find it pretty humorous actually.
Crist is idiotic anyways, won't vote for him just like RINO scott.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 03:05 PM   #4665
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GE in talks to buy Alstom

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/0...A3M22Q20140423

Wow. I'd like to think that GE is eyeing Alstom's TGV rail business vis-a-vis a posssible enthusiasm and appetite for high-speed rail construction in America.

But considering France's nationalistic tendencies and its record in intervening with foreign acquisitions, this is far from a done deal.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 04:25 PM   #4666
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That is certainly an exciting prospect, but I think it's as likely that GE wants a chance to get involved in the growing interest in HSR projects globally as it is that it sees tons of hope for them in this country. I'd love to be wrong about that.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 06:54 PM   #4667
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you can draw in the HS lines
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...13564778_n.jpg
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So it seems that GE is only after Alstom's power/energy division.

TGV will remain French. Oh well.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A3O14I20140425
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Old April 27th, 2014, 06:57 AM   #4669
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So it seems that GE is only after Alstom's power/energy division.

TGV will remain French. Oh well.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A3O14I20140425
There is talk that if GE acquires Alstom's energy business, Siemens will likely swoop in and get the leftovers, including the rail transport division.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 04:28 AM   #4670
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There is talk that if GE acquires Alstom's energy business, Siemens will likely swoop in and get the leftovers, including the rail transport division.
No, Siemens wants Alstom's power division in exchange for their rail business (exkluding Metros and other light rail). Won't happen, since the EU would never agree to that deal.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 04:31 AM   #4671
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Nah.. French politicians won't let that happen either way.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 04:44 AM   #4672
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Paris asked Siemens for it.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 08:43 AM   #4673
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No, Siemens wants Alstom's power division in exchange for their rail business (exkluding Metros and other light rail). Won't happen, since the EU would never agree to that deal.
I doubt that. Alstom may get very big in the heavy rail sector, but there are plenty of competitors left andm, even when I don't have any exact numbers, I don't think they will get anywhere near 50% of the market.
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Old April 30th, 2014, 02:07 AM   #4674
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There's no such thing as a 50 % threshold in antitrust law. Depends on the market, if a company reaches a worrying percentage or not. Whilst Airbus and Boenig are still maintaining a sufficent amount of competition, Alstom, combined with the huge rail business of Siemens, would be so much bigger than the next competitor Bombardier.
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True, there is no absolute threshold. The 50% was merely a, rather uneducated, guess of Alstom's and Siemens' market share together. Do realise there are plenty of other manufacturers active on the European market, to name a few in no partiticular order: Stadler, Hitachi, CAF, Talgo, PESA, NEWAG, AnsaldoBreda, Voith and Vossloh.
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What's the story behind ICE trains in USA?


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Old May 7th, 2014, 02:42 AM   #4677
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Procurement process. Siemens, just like Bombardier/Alstom, entered the competition for the NEC highspeed trains.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 04:37 AM   #4678
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I love how they stuck the big ugly beasts in front of the sleek trains for "safety"..
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Standard procedure in any country, if trains are not certified.
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Old May 8th, 2014, 02:59 AM   #4680
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SWA doesn't care because they will no longer be restricted to flying within Texas come the end of the year...

I don't know anything about the politics, so I can't comment on the matter. However, I'm speaking specifically to the perception that the fate of the Fort-Worth project is going to damage Texas Central's plans: the Houston-Dallas project is envisioned as a complete system without any other segments.

Considering the areas that they're considering running the ROW, I think it's a high probability that this won't face stiff opposition. Considering how vocal they've been in outreach in the rural communities that would be affected (see CAHSR for an example of what happens when you don't).
If you think this won't face stiff opposition from land owners, you're sorely mistaken. Every ROW build is a battle in Texas.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Pla...258316161.html

just wait. Now that the COG is involved, they will do everything they can to make the plan most feasible for FW and Arlington and will intervene in state politics. If you think SWA doesn't care about stuff like this, witness their current fight to give up even two gates at Love Field. Texas may have the private company to back this, but politicians will make it very, very difficult. Just wait until Dallas County starts looking to fill its pockets. Hopefully the FBI puts a stop to that.
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