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Old October 26th, 2015, 02:57 PM   #6041
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I was under the impression that this was a public project. So it's all privately funded then?
It's a PPP in essence, as it has received federal grant money, state bond money and will receive state cap and trade funds...
Right, it's essentially a PPP: the CAHSRA is a government agency that operates like a company. It's charter is to plan the system and guide the process, but was never supposed to build anything - that's why all the contracts are design-builds.

Additionally, the state has never expressed interest in running service, and the CAHSRA doesn't seem interested in doing so.. They want to franchise actual operations to some other entity, preferably one who would be interested in putting their own capital into the system in exchange.

In essence, it's the same as TX Central, equity the actual partner not being announced until after planning work is complete. Instead of a private developer identifying the need (as in Texas), the state has (in California). The end result will be much the same, however. Just a different route to get there.

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...But so far that only accounts for $12 Billion out of $68 Billion, so the rest will have to be appropriated through private investment.
More like $12 billion out of $31 billion...the other $37 billion is for the remaining sections of the entire system, beyond the IOS, which aren't immediately necessary for initial revenue service.

That's the real reason they're beginning in the Central Valley: they need a useable segment - legally - from which they can secure future financing, based on revenue.

Remember, service can still run between LA-SF even if only work on the IOS is complete... By law, they really can't build a "train to nowhere," and they have no incentive to do so, as they need something people will use, so they can be certain to receive financing, if no additional funding comes through.

If you remember the stink everyone made about the legal challengers to their initial business plans, it had nothing to do with the actual soundness of the plan, but rather a legal question of whether they could begin spending the bond money on the IOS without "adequately" identifying the remaining money for the entire system. This point is moot, however, because funding/financing for the later phases have nothing to do with the IOS... The suit only got that far thanks to language in Prop 1A.

In any case, what remains to be seen is how much of the Bay-to-Basin scheme will make its way into the IOS. It appears that they at least want to get things moving on a more accelerated timeline (their refocusing on the Palmdale section and redirected attention on the LA Basin - Anaheim - and Peninsula - Palo Alto - sections are some current examples of this).

I, for one, predicted they would begin moving more aggressively once some of their initial environmental reviews ended and construction contracts awarded. How much so, is the question.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #6043
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$68-billion California bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

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$68-billion California bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

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Still worth the cost of completing it. If congress can provide dedicated funding then it will get done faster and cost overruns cain be avoided.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 10:28 PM   #6045
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$68-billion California bullet train project likely to overshoot budget and deadline targets

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In actuality...Ralph Vartabedian Declares HSR A Failure Years In Advance
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Old October 27th, 2015, 10:37 PM   #6046
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UNITED STATES | High Speed Rail


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Old October 29th, 2015, 07:37 AM   #6047
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Old October 29th, 2015, 08:47 PM   #6048
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First pic of columns near the Fresno River for the CA HSR project (courtesy of their Twitter account).
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Old October 30th, 2015, 02:00 AM   #6049
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Amtrak/NJT [ALP45DP & Viewliner] 130MPH Test Train @ Princeton Juntion


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Amtrak/New Jersey Transit's 125MPH qualification test train heads west down Track 2 on the Northeast Corridor past Princeton Junction station. This was one of 5 passes made by the test train. Amtrak has been looking to qualify/approve the Viewliner I (1) cars for 125MPH speeds. New Jersey Transit was also been looking to qualify/approve their ALP-45DPs for 125MPH speeds. In stead of running two separate test trains, the decision was made to combine the two tests together. This pass by shows the train running at 130MPH. Consist for the train is as follows:

+NJT ALP45-DP (#4511)
-Horizon Coach
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-Viewliner I Sleeper
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-Viewliner II Baggage
-Amfleet Cafe (Computer car)
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(Taken during the early morning hours of 10/28/2015)
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Fresno River Viaduct construction progress







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Old October 31st, 2015, 06:57 AM   #6051
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So today I got a rear view window from Center City all the way to Trenton

Emerging from the Center City Tunnel


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Leaving SEPTA 30th Street Station


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Accelerating in the 30th Street yard


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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some SEPTA equipment parked in the yard


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Yellow PRR Signals...which seem to be used only in Center City


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Diesel unit reversing into the Yard from the Zoo Interlocks


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Crossing the Schuylkill River


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Its Straight and Fast in parts of North Philly


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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A slight curve to the right


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Passing an inbound Atlantic City line train


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Under the Market-Frankford EL


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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The infamous Curve where the derailment occurred earlier this yr..., the poles were anchored in concrete...but they didn't appear to be new..


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Southbound Regional roars past near Bridesburg station


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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60 Speed limit near Bridesburg


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Another straight away near Tacony station


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Northbound Regional roars past at Torresdale station


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Very Curvy in Northeastern Philly


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Finally out of Philly , this station is Croydon


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Another straight away along US 13


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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And a Curve before Bristol


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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And another Curve after Bristol


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near Levvittown Station


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Inbound Septa local passing outside Levvittown


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Southbound Acela passing...


SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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Trenton Cut...


Trenton Northeast Corridor Cut
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Trenton Northeast Corridor Cut
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More poles and now the Catenary is starting to get replaced along the NEC in NJ


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The RFEI responses are now up on the CAHSR website.

http://www.hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Const...i_for_ios.html

Be sure to click the arrow button to see them.

Interesting reading. Most of the firms seem excited and recommend abandoning doing the project as IOS - South or North and instead just proceeding with all of it at once. Barclays seems to think private investment isn't necessary and that California could just borrow the needed money, $40 billion or so, with an agreement to repay it with Cap & Trade funds from out to 2050.

One of the responses is just trolling though. Check out the one from AirTrain. It's like spam almost.
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The RFEI responses are now up on the CAHSR website.

http://www.hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Const...i_for_ios.html

Be sure to click the arrow button to see them.

Interesting reading. Most of the firms seem excited and recommend abandoning doing the project as IOS - South or North and instead just proceeding with all of it at once. Barclays seems to think private investment isn't necessary and that California could just borrow the needed money, $40 billion or so, with an agreement to repay it with Cap & Trade funds from out to 2050.

One of the responses is just trolling though. Check out the one from AirTrain. It's like spam almost.
...don't forget that infamous "mock-up" in the Siemens documents.
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The RFEI responses are now up on the CAHSR website.

http://www.hsr.ca.gov/Programs/Const...i_for_ios.html

Be sure to click the arrow button to see them.

Interesting reading. Most of the firms seem excited and recommend abandoning doing the project as IOS - South or North and instead just proceeding with all of it at once. Barclays seems to think private investment isn't necessary and that California could just borrow the needed money, $40 billion or so, with an agreement to repay it with Cap & Trade funds from out to 2050.

One of the responses is just trolling though. Check out the one from AirTrain. It's like spam almost.
OMG, "AirTrain". Just OH MY GOD!!!



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...don't forget that infamous "mock-up" in the Siemens documents.
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Where is the mock-up?
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Where is the mock-up?
I meant render...You can see some of the older posts, here (but the link to the render seems to be broken).
There was a render of what people supposed at the time was Siemens' design for the Authority...

However, it wasn't really clear, since it came from a graphic design studio (scroll down until you see "Amtrak"), so it may have just been something of a place holder, as opposed to actual design.

Anyways, if you look at the photo at the top of Siemens' RFEI response, it's pretty close to the original images, someone found, earlier this summer.
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Three US states order Charger locomotives

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California, Illinois and Maryland have ordered a combined 34 Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotives from Siemens Mobility, bringing the number of state Departments of Transportation procuring these units to six and the total number to 69. The locomotives will be built at the Siemens rail manufacturing plant in Sacramento, Calif.



The original procurement order (“framework contract”) for 35 Charger locomotive worth $225 million was signed in March 2014 by the Departments of Transportation in Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State. The order included an option for up to an additional 222 locomotives.

Adding to the original 35 units, the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) ordered 14 Chargers for the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner route along the southern California coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego via Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will expand its fleet with 12. Maryland Transit Administration (MTA is the sixth agency to join the procurement process with eight units for the MARC commuter rail line that serves Caltimore, Brunswick, Frederick, Martinsburg and Washington D.C. as well as Harford County. With this order, CALTRANS, IDOT and MTA have brought the total to 69 Chargers.

The Siemens Charger is designed for a maximum operating speed of 125 mph. A microprocessor control system manages performance and performs self-diagnostics that automatically notifies the locomotive engineer and maintenance facility about required service measures. The locomotive’s carbody structure meets the latest FRA crashworthiness regulations, providing additional protection for the locomotive engineer. The prime-mover is a 4,400-hp, 16-cylinder Cummins QSK95 diesel engine.

The Charger is also FRA and Federal Transit Administration Buy America-compliant with parts produced by U.S. suppliers or offshore suppliers with domestic manufacturing facilities. This includes Siemens traction motors and gearboxes manufactured in Norwood, Ohio, and Siemens power inverters made in Alpharetta, Georgia. Cummins builds the QSK95 in Columbus, Ind.

“With these new state-of-the art, energy-efficient locomotives, California can continue toward its goal to offer more alternative and sustainable transportation choices,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Not only will these new locomotives promote increased passenger rail ridership, but they will have environmental benefits by reducing the amount of automobile traffic.”

“Approval of this contract enables us to replace older locomotives, thereby improving the reliability and efficiency of MARC for thousands of commuters, businesses and tourists that depend on this vital train service every day,” MTA CEO Paul Comfort added. “This cooperative agreement also enabled us to purchase these eight new locomotives at a lower cost, which will save taxpayers money.”

“The new diesel-electric locomotives provide U.S. operators with a number of advantages,” said Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt. “Their energy efficiency reduces costs and helps protect the environment. At the same time, they improve passenger rail service reliability and efficiency.”
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First look at new Siemens All Aboard Florida train



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Sleek, modern, and 100% American made. This is Brightline. The express train service that’s coming to Florida in the form of a brightly colored fleet connected to a high-tech locomotive.

Designed with our guests and optimal efficiency in mind, our locomotive and passenger cars are being manufactured in California by Siemens USA, the global powerhouse of innovative train-builders. And a fuel-efficient Cummins diesel-electric engine built in the heart of Indiana will power the locomotive with 16 cylinders pumping up to 4400 horsepower for optimum reliability and consistency. The lightweight engine is designed to have lower emissions and reduced noise, plus positive pressure clean air management and energy efficient LED lighting throughout. It’s our smart locomotive that is powering your trip.

The ingenuity of our train service is obvious both inside and out. From the fun of trying to ride each of the bright orange, green, pink, blue and red colored cars, to simply enjoying your view out of our giant picture windows that are perfectly aligned with every seat.

Choose between two tiers of available seating options – Smart and Select – and enjoy free Wi-Fi, smartly placed power outlets, and custom built leather seats with plenty of room and multiple seating configurations! Within each tier, there will be a quiet car where you can work or relax, and a social car for when you’re traveling with family, friends or colleagues.

You can enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine delivered right to your seat or check out a new take on a train café car designed to meet your every need; stocked full of quality food and drink options, wine and local beers, a retail store, souvenirs and entertainment.

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Finally, A decent looking American train not named Acela!!
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