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Old July 11th, 2016, 06:09 AM   #6441
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Old July 12th, 2016, 06:10 AM   #6442
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Old July 13th, 2016, 07:36 AM   #6443
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L.A. high-speed rail backers tour Fresno, Madera construction sites


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A small contingent of high-speed rail supporters from Los Angeles spent Tuesday morning getting a firsthand look at construction in Fresno and Madera on the first stages of the state’s bullet-train project.

Jeremy Stutes, president of the nonprofit advocacy organization railLA, said the trek was an important part of his nonprofit’s effort to let people in Southern California know that the project is no longer simply an abstract plan on a map.

“It’s been real interesting to see high-speed rail rising from the ground,” he said. “We really see it as our future rising, and we’re really excited to be here and see what’s happening. … It’s hard to see when you’re in Los Angeles. It’s hard to visualize that this construction is rising here in Fresno and to get behind it.”
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Old July 20th, 2016, 04:53 AM   #6444
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6 Months of Progress on High-Speed Rail


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California High-Speed Rail Project Has Been Derailed


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^ I posted this just for some laughs. It's honestly hilarious how many things were mixed up and just flat out wrong in this article.
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 05:52 PM   #6445
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Texas Thinks its High-Speed Rail Plans Will Win Where Others Have Hit Roadblocks

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A $100 million bet says that thousands of Texans will abandon cars and pick-ups for a needle-nosed bullet train that zips past cattle and ranches to deliver riders from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes — a third of the time required to drive[...]
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Old July 22nd, 2016, 11:13 PM   #6446
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6 Months of Progress on High-Speed Rail


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D1EKDbFW2I

California High-Speed Rail Project Has Been Derailed


https://thepublicslate.com/2016/07/c...been-derailed/

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Old July 23rd, 2016, 12:50 PM   #6447
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 01:04 PM   #6448
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The Northeast Corridor is definitely the best electrified railroad in the world.

The Pennsylvania Main Line is definitely the best non-electrified railroad in the world.

The Long Island Railroad is definitely the best commuter railroad in the world.
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Old July 23rd, 2016, 02:05 PM   #6449
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if the 'world' is reduced to the United States, then sure, why not.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 10:20 AM   #6450
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The Northeast Corridor is definitely the best electrified railroad in the world.

The Pennsylvania Main Line is definitely the best non-electrified railroad in the world.

The Long Island Railroad is definitely the best commuter railroad in the world.
Have you seen anything outside US? You know, there is a whole wide world out there, way more advanced than US.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 05:38 PM   #6451
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http://http://www.progressiverailroa...options--48814
http://http://www.txdot.gov/inside-t...homa-rail.html

This would be awesome if built, though I'm not excessively optimistic given the restrictions on railroad funding in Texas and the political will that would be needed to spend that kind of money. Hopefully they can find a way to build a high speed line, and to actually serve Austin instead of just the outskirt of town.
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It would be awesome indeed if we could see the sites you are trying to link to.
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http://http://www.txdot.gov/inside-t...homa-rail.html

This would be awesome if built, though I'm not excessively optimistic given the restrictions on railroad funding in Texas and the political will that would be needed to spend that kind of money. Hopefully they can find a way to build a high speed line, and to actually serve Austin instead of just the outskirt of town.
It would be awesome indeed if we could see the sites you are trying to link to.
FRA, Texas DOT solicit public input on passenger-rail options

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Old July 25th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #6454
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The Northeast Corridor is definitely the best electrified railroad in the world.

The Pennsylvania Main Line is definitely the best non-electrified railroad in the world.

The Long Island Railroad is definitely the best commuter railroad in the world.
You forgot to add "historical". Gotta love American Civil War era engineering.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 03:43 PM   #6455
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So, I guess we can believe the earlier reports that they have, indeed settled on Alstom?
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Old July 27th, 2016, 08:15 AM   #6456
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So, I guess we can believe the earlier reports that they have, indeed settled on Alstom?
I think they will modify the Alstom AGV(tilting version) carbody for compliance with FRA regulations.






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So, I guess we can believe the earlier reports that they have, indeed settled on Alstom?
For someone who's not up to speed on developments on the NEC, can someone explain what's going on here? My understanding is that increasing demand on Acela means that the current rolling stock isn't sufficient anymore. While Amtrak could've added more of the current rolling stock, they've decided to upgrade the entire fleet instead.

How does this play into improvements on Acela service? Isn't the current system limited speed-limited by track considerations, rather than rolling stock limitations? Is there a concerted effort to upgrade the NEC to a full high speed corridor (300+ kph throughout), besides that Amtrak vision for 2030/2040 document from 2012?
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Well, in terms of delivering improvements to service, actually having to revamp infrastructure is a much bigger deal than just buying some new trains. I don't know about typical service life for high-speed trainsets, but the Acela trains have always been compromised, and being locomotives, they don't offer the kind of acceleration/deceleration capabilities that an EMU would, which is particularly important given the varying speed capacities of the NEC.

I suppose they could be securing AGVs to future-proof their rolling stock for any upcoming rail upgrades, but the point would be that these trains represent an improvement no matter what else happens. Frankly, I'll be glad if they go with the AGV's. I've always thought they were some of the coolest-looking high-speed trains.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 02:55 PM   #6459
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For someone who's not up to speed on developments on the NEC, can someone explain what's going on here? My understanding is that increasing demand on Acela means that the current rolling stock isn't sufficient anymore. While Amtrak could've added more of the current rolling stock, they've decided to upgrade the entire fleet instead.

How does this play into improvements on Acela service? Isn't the current system limited speed-limited by track considerations, rather than rolling stock limitations? Is there a concerted effort to upgrade the NEC to a full high speed corridor (300+ kph throughout), besides that Amtrak vision for 2030/2040 document from 2012?
Well, it appears the current rolling stock was leased(?) - though, I'm not entirely sure how/if that plays into this decision.

In any case, this procurement - along with many improvements happening in the near/long-term - is planned as part of their 15-20 year plan. The current rolling stock won't be entirely replaced, and retired, until 2025, which is when the lease(?) on them expires.

However, it's not necessarily the case that all 46 sets will be part of the same procurement process. The first 12 - we were discussing, above - will be replaced by 2040, when the next oder of 46 sets is completely delivered.

It will remain to be seen if this will be separate or not, but I've always thought it will be, from their materials (e.g. we likely won't see the AGV chosen for this order...maybe the second phase).

* On another note, I'm curious whether the increases in capacity will be great enough to translate into cheaper fares, and to what degree, if so.


Amtrak: Vision for the NEC, 2012 Update Report pg. 22, Figure 22
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