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Old August 14th, 2016, 03:56 AM   #6481
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Sports specials have already run the multilevels as far as New Haven. And I would assume that everything east of there was taken care of when they hung the wires.
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Old August 15th, 2016, 10:45 AM   #6482
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There Could Be Another High-Speed Rail Line In Texas: From Oklahoma To Rio Grande Valley


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The Texas Department of Transportation studied the possibility of a passenger rail line between Oklahoma and South Texas. The Federal Railroad Administration will decide on whether to build next year.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 07:56 AM   #6483
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Old August 26th, 2016, 09:03 AM   #6484
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Another Step Closer to High Speed Rail From Houston to Dallas?

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Dallas city leaders took their first official action to bring a high speed rail from Houston to Dallas.
On Wednesday, they approved a deal, with the private company planning the train line, to pay the city's expenses for a permit.
The goal is to use technology like the bullet train in Japan to make the Houston to Dallas trip in 90 minutes.
On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council agreed to receive $1.5 million from Texas Central Railway.
The money will to cover fees and engineering on an Army Corp of Engineers permit, which is needed for a train crossing planned over the Trinity River.
It will be years before the high speed rail gets here, but this shows the project is moving forward.
"We are making great progress, this is another milestone today," said Holly Reed with Texas Central Partners. "And we expect to break ground, the earliest the end of '17 or into '18."
A downtown Dallas station location has been identified near Interstate 30 with fast connections to DART rail and major freeways, and a separate leg to Fort Worth is in the works.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 09:07 AM   #6485
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Japan authorizes $2M to study high-speed train from D.C. to Baltimore

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Japan's ambassador to the U.S. says his country has authorized $2 million to support a feasibility study on building a high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington.

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae made the announcement Wednesday after signing a memorandum of cooperation between Japan and Maryland with Gov. Larry Hogan. The agreement formalizes trade relations between the state and Japan.
In November, the federal government awarded nearly $28 million in seed money to a private venture seeking to build a high-speed magnetic levitation train between Washington and Baltimore. A 20 percent outside match is required, and the $2 million from Japan will go toward that 20 percent.
The money is for planning and an engineering analysis for the train, which could carry passengers from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes.
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Old August 26th, 2016, 06:00 PM   #6486
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What a joke...a shuttle for the rich...typical govt corruption...
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Old August 26th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #6487
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I think its less a matter of corruption and more a matter of ignorant bureaucrats having started something and now being unable to stop it until its found to be fully worthless.

Its not even a toy for the rich, either. More of a pipe-dream.
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What a joke...a shuttle for the rich...typical govt corruption...
another example of incompetence in our government from both political parties.
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Amtrak Announces Next-Generation of High-Speed Rail

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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:04 AM   #6490
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Looks like a new-generation tilting TGV. Basically the same as Acela, but articulated. I can't find any mention of the "Avelia" family on Wikipedia, but the TGV is the only one that really fits.
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US to invest $2.5bn in high-speed rail expansion

US vice president Joe Biden has announced plans to lend railway operator Amtrak $2.45bn (£1.86bn) to expand services and make upgrades[...]
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:59 AM   #6492
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Looking on Alstom's website, it turns out that "Avelia" is a new catch-all brand name that refers to their entire line of high-speed trains, which currently consists of the Pendolino, the TGV Duplex, and the AGV.

This, of course, tells us nothing at all about which one the new Avelia Liberty is derived from.
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It seems to be a mixture of all of their technology power cars and Jacobs bogies from the Euroduplex, tilting from the Pendolino, streamlining and traction motors from the AVG.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 03:16 AM   #6494
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Sorry but I believe it when I see it. I smell BS...
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Old August 27th, 2016, 04:05 AM   #6495
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Sorry but I believe it when I see it. I smell BS...
And how exactly do you think this won't happen? This is what has already been ordered. As in, they've given Alstom the go-ahead to start building the trains. The initial set-up work will probably begin by the end of September.
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Old August 27th, 2016, 06:29 AM   #6496
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Alstom to provide Amtrak with its new generation of high-speed train









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Alstom and Amtrak announced today that they have signed a contract for Alstom to design and build 28 new high-speed trains, which will run on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington D.C. Amtrak and Alstom also signed a long-term contract under which Alstom will provide Amtrak with long-term technical support and supply spare components and parts for the maintenance of the new trainsets. Together, these contracts are worth €1.8 billion ($2 billion).
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) line covers roughly 730 km (457 miles)[1]. In only ten years, the number of passengers has increased from 2.4 million passengers in FY 2002 to 3.5 million in FY 2014. As part of an effort to renew and expand their premium product, Amtrak has therefore decided to purchase new trainsets to replace the existing Acela trains [2], thus increasing passenger capacity, providing more frequent service, minimizing journey times, and improving operating costs and energy efficiency.
The train ordered by Amtrak is Avelia Liberty, the latest development of Alstom’s high-speed train range Avelia. The new trainset will be able to carry up to 33% more passengers than the current Acela trains. The trainset configuration includes an innovative compact power car and nine passenger cars, with the possibility of three more being added if demand grows. The train is capable of travelling at speeds up to 300 km/h (186 mph), but will initially operate at a maximum speed of 257 km/h (160 mph) based on NEC track speed limits. Additionally, each concentrated power car is equipped with Alstom’s pioneering Crash Energy Management (CEM) system.
Another key feature is the train’s articulated architecture, which provides greater stability and passenger comfort while enhancing safety. The train also includes Alstom’s innovative Tiltronix anticipative tilting technology, which allows the train to manoeuvre curves safely and more comfortably at high speeds.
Amtrak is taking the necessary actions to keep our customers, the Northeast region and the American economy moving forward,” said Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman. “These trainsets and the modernization and improvement of infrastructure will provide our customers with the mobility and experience of the future.

Jérôme Wallut, Senior Vice President, Alstom North-America said “Alstom’s high speed trains, which we have branded Avelia, are the most advanced, reliable and safest trains in the world. Avelia Liberty will not only provide premium passenger experience but will also provide greater energy efficiency and lower lifecycle costs. This award is an illustration of the success of Alstom’s strategy of customer proximity. We would like to thank Amtrak for its vote of confidence and remain fully dedicated to making this project a success”.
Most of the Avelia Liberty for Amtrak will be manufactured in the United States. The new trainsets will be manufactured at Alstom’s 150 year-old historic site in Hornell, NY. They will be maintained in the depots of Amtrak in Boston, New York and Washington DC under a specific Technical Support and Spare Supply Agreement with additional support from Alstom’s sites in New York, Delaware and Illinois for a period of 15 years, with an option for an additional 15 years. These contracts will result in the creation of more than 1,000 jobs nationwide, including 750 in New York with 400 of those at Alstom facilities.
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Looks like Alstom HS2 concept unveiled earlier in year does have an American cousin.
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Looks great! A lightweight train built to more standard specifications should be more reliable and economical to run than the current Acelas. A larger number of them running more frequently on the newly upgraded 150-160 mph tracks in New Jersey will reduce trip times a lot and accommodate more passengers. Seems like very exciting times for Amtrak.

Will Amtrak keep the older acela sets around to supplement existing service or are they just sort of worn out at this point? I wonder if they could de-motor one power car and turn it into a cab car and then chop off the other one to make them locomotive hauled sets? Since they have nicer interiors than other cars. Would be cool to see them get run on the Keystone corridor or something.
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Will Amtrak keep the older acela sets around to supplement existing service or are they just sort of worn out at this point? I wonder if they could de-motor one power car and turn it into a cab car and then chop off the other one to make them locomotive hauled sets? Since they have nicer interiors than other cars. Would be cool to see them get run on the Keystone corridor or something.

That would be quite awesome Indeed, also would allow for faster Keystone Service.

But the real question is when the hell is Amtrak going to replace the Amfleets.
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