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Old October 15th, 2017, 04:24 PM   #6921
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NJ leaders break ground on Portal North Bridge






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A star-studded bipartisan lineup threw some real dirt Friday to officially launch construction of a new Portal North Bridge. The $1.64 billion project will replace the current cranky “swing”-style span that must swivel open and closed for river traffic and now carries more than 470 trains daily over the Hackensack, one every two minutes, during rush hour.
The Portal North Bridge project leads off the long-awaited Gateway trans-Hudson railway rebuilding program at a crucial spot on the Northeast Corridor. But Friday’s ceremony marked a qualified leap of faith without the Trump Administration’s firm commitment to pony up its share of federal funding.
“I know there’s a trendy notion that the private sector will somehow step up to finance all of our crumbling infrastructure, but for me that’s nothing more than wishful thinking,” said Sen. Bob Menendez.
The House has appropriated $900,000 but that’s not locked in. And delays have already boosted the Gateway program’s overall cost, from $23 billion to $29 billion.
“This is a good day,” said Sen. Cory Booker. “New Jerseyans should be very happy today, because now we have visible signs of progress and momentum. The only thing lacking right now is the president of the U.S. honoring the commitments the federal government made to the state of New Jersey under President Obama.”
“The president doesn’t need the explanation on this project. He’s lived here and developed real estate here his entire life. He knows how important this is to this economy of this region and I am absolutely confident the president will partner with us to make sure this entire project is done,” said Gov. Chris Christie.
The problem with a century-old swing bridge is that in 2014, out of 100 openings, 15 percent of the time, the bridge failed to close properly. Workers had to go out onto the span to fix it. Trains were stopped.
Designs for the new two-track bridge show it would arch over the river.
“No longer will the trains rely on these massive wheels behind me that you see and then the people in Penn Station Control Center, nervously waiting for it to reconnect to the Northeast Corridor,” said Amtrak Board of Directors Chair Anthony Coscia. “Or people with sledgehammers, literally having to bang it shut.”
Critics claim a new railway under the Hudson River would be opening next year, if Christie had not cancelled the ARC tunnel project in 2010, forfeiting $3 billion in federal funding. Christie on Friday continued to call ARC a bad deal.
“There’s a fairness to the funding which did not exist in ARC and there’s an efficacy to the project. The past project was going to the basement of Macy’s. This is going to New York Penn Station, doing what should be done,” said Christie.
“I have a different view. The reality is, we lost that money and now we’re going to have to fight again. So, I’m focused on the future,” said Menendez.
The Portal North Bridge is part one of that future — an integral connection along the Northeast Corridor.
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Old October 18th, 2017, 03:15 AM   #6922
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Chattanooga-Atlanta bullet train could lure millions of air travelers to Chattanooga airport

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Old October 18th, 2017, 05:45 PM   #6923
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I support connecting the two cities, but this is a very strange travel market to be targeting...I’ll have to read the reports to see just what their assumptions are.

For the time-being, I’ll chalk this up to news outlets being generally ‘off’ in how they report on transportation projects. I imagine it’s not solely about facilitating air travel.
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Old October 19th, 2017, 12:46 PM   #6924
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Early Train Operator proposals.

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Final Rankings:
Total score
815,77 DB Engineering & Consulting USA
775,81 Renfe (Spain, + Globalvia, Adif, Amtrak...)
545,00 FS First Rail Group (Trenitalia)
471,87 China HSR ETO Consortium

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Proposals submitted:

China HSR ETO Consortium
China Railway International Co., Ltd
 Beijing Railway Administration
 China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd
 China Railway Corporation (China Railway)
 HJI Group Corporation
 AndersonPenna Partners, Inc.
 Casamar Group, LLC
 ADVANTEC Consulting Engineers, Inc.

DB Engineering & Consulting USA
 DB Engineering & Consulting USA, Inc.
 DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH
Deutsche Bahn AG
 Alternate Concepts, Inc.
 HDR, Inc.
 Raul V. Bravo + Associates
 FMG Architects
 Pendergast Consulting Group
 Acumen Building Enterprise, Inc.
 ProPose LLC dba Sagent
 B&G Transportation Group, LLC
 Soar Environmental Consulting, Inc.
 KL Bartlett Consulting

FS First Rail Group
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A.
FirstGroup plc
 Trenitalia S.p.A.
 Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A.
 CentoStazioni S.p.A.
 Italferr S.p.A.
 McKinsey & Company, Inc.
 Raul V. Bravo + Associates
 Soar Environmental Consulting, Inc.
 JAD & Associates, LLC
 Jakes Associates, Inc.
 James Transportation Group

Renfe
RENFE – Operadora Globalvia Inversiones S.A.U.
Adif
AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corportation)
 360 Total Concept
 Acumen Building Enterprise, Inc.
 Aeko Consulting
 Anil Verma Associates, Inc.
 Archipelago Builders Collective
 Arman Consulting, Inc.
 Auxitec, LLC
 Bionic Landscape, Inc.
 Blair, Church & Flynn
 Bohica Advisors, LLC
 CHS Consulting Group
 Elliot Consulting Group, Inc.
 Fossil Faux Studios
 Fryman Management
 GCM Consulting, Inc.
 Global Executive Security
 Hattin Construction Management
 Irene Avetyan Consulting
 Jakes Associates, Inc.
 Kornerstone Technology, Inc.
 Merriwether & Williams Ins. Services
 Navigating Preparedness Assoc.
 Outsource Consulting Services, Inc.
 Paul Murdoch Architects
 PEMCCO, Inc.

Stagecoach is left out by not submitting an offer. We said here that they had no HS experience.
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Old October 19th, 2017, 02:35 PM   #6925
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The Japanese didn't even try?
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Old October 19th, 2017, 06:58 PM   #6926
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No, not even the French SNCF.
But this is only a non-binding proposal on which the adviser of the design and implementation of the operation will be decided, it is not about trains, which will be decided in another contest.

It is verified that the cheapest offer was the Chinese, and that the best technical offer is the Spanish, superior to the German offer in those two sections. In what we have been inferior has been in the presentation and in the colloquium.
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Old October 19th, 2017, 10:10 PM   #6927
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Isn't that kind of weird, though? Why is the presentation so important if they themselves thought the other product was better?
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Old October 19th, 2017, 11:30 PM   #6928
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Isn't that kind of weird, though? Why is the presentation so important if they themselves thought the other product was better?
a) Presentation, procurement term sheets, and questions and answers might allow to assess the credibility of the proposal.
b) It's not that the DB technical proposal was too inferior. It scores by far the highest regarding key deliverables 5-8, highest regarding key deliverable 1, and second highest re key deliverables 1-4 and 9.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 03:35 AM   #6929
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It is verified that the cheapest offer was the Chinese, and that the best technical offer is the Spanish, superior to the German offer in those two sections. In what we have been inferior has been in the presentation and in the colloquium.
It looks like the Italian consortium had the best price, considering it scored 100/100.
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Old October 20th, 2017, 11:07 AM   #6930
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Elon Musk’s Boring Company is starting work on Baltimore-DC underground Hyperloop





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Earlier this morning, we reported about Elon Musk announcing that his Boring Company is getting a second multi-million dollar boring machine.
Now we might have an idea where that new machine is going after what appears to be a new digging site spotted in Maryland today.
Earlier this year, Musk announced a project to create an underground hyperloop system between New York and Washington DC.
The idea is to leverage both the tunnel boring technology that the Boring Company is working on and Musk’s original idea for a new mode of transportation called hyperloop, which consists of pods with electric propulsion in a near-vacuum tunnel or tube in order to achieve extremely high speeds.
Now a site just south of Baltimore in Maryland with a visible ‘The Boring Company’ logo was spotted this week
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Old October 21st, 2017, 05:59 PM   #6931
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An official with Hyperloop One, which proposes building ultra-fast tubular transportation around the world, said that a Missouri route is a top contender for development.

Dan Katz, the head of policy for the company, told The Associated Press that Missouri is among the top 5 contenders, if not in the top 3.
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Old October 22nd, 2017, 11:51 AM   #6932
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Can you form your own thread for the hyperloop...its not HSR...its a scam by musk...
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..its a scam by musk...
Do you have any evidence to prove this claim?
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Do you have any evidence to prove this claim?
It's a "Pipe Dream"?
But seriously can we get a separate thread for thew Hyperloop similar to how there is a thread for HSR in Japan and one Maglevs in Japan.
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Old October 25th, 2017, 07:02 AM   #6935
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But seriously can we get a separate thread for thew Hyperloop similar to how there is a thread for HSR in Japan and one Maglevs in Japan.
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It's a "Pipe Dream"?
It is too early to call hyperloop a pipe dream.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #6936
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Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German public railway giant, outperformed Renfe to be the strategic partner of California for high speed.
This is apparent from documents issued by the US local authority. Renfe does not agree with this result and, therefore, has submitted a brief that has paralyzed the award for a month. "Clarifications have been requested," acknowledged sources close to the process. Although the Renfe consortium prevailed to its four rivals in the sum of the technical and economic part of the contest, the contract, provisionally, ended in the hands of DB.
The board of directors of the High-Speed ​​Rail Authority planned to announce the award to DB on 19 October, but the highest management body has suspended the decision a month until clarifying the allegations of the Spanish.



The presentation was made by Iñaki Barron and Rodrigo Hilario advised by ATKearney.

From Spain it is blamed for the difference of scores in the most subjective part of the Siemens factory in Sacramento, which has a thousand workers.
Siemens Brings High Speed Rail to the State Capitol
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The presentation was made by Iñaki Barron and Rodrigo Hilario advised by ATKearney.

From Spain it is blamed for the difference of scores in the most subjective part of the Siemens factory in Sacramento, which has a thousand workers.
Siemens Brings High Speed Rail to the State Capitol
makes sense, US is a really protectionist country.
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Old October 27th, 2017, 12:32 PM   #6938
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CALIFORNIA HIGH SPEED RAIL

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Old October 27th, 2017, 07:39 PM   #6939
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A question which may be silly... but are Renfe/SNCF/DB allowed or even do these services for the Californian HST for a profit? I mean they are not only state enterprises but they are not meant to run for a profit at all, their sole purpose is to guarantee a fast, seamless and reliable connection for the citizens. So am I correctly speaking if I say (in the case that DB wins for example) that the German state is directly or indirectly subsidising a portion of this HST ? I mean if DB does turn profit with it.. what will it do with? help minimise its losses at home? because I don't see it reinvesting it in a infrastructure that isn't theirs, right??... I'd like a thorough clarification please
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Old October 27th, 2017, 08:28 PM   #6940
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On the contrary. Deutsche Bahn makes a profit almost every year. The company made a profit of approx. 700 million euro (after tax) in 2016. DB is legally obliged to make a profit.
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