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Old November 20th, 2011, 07:59 AM   #2221
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An individual admits to being wrong and is then reprimanded for being clueless. Sounds like someone just wants to be a jerk.
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Old November 20th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #2222
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An individual admits to being wrong and is then reprimanded for being clueless. Sounds like someone just wants to be a jerk.
Yea, I hearya....

I'm often at the receiving end of stuff like that, too, when things that I thought would not work out in fact do work out.



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Old November 20th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #2223
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Old November 21st, 2011, 12:13 AM   #2224
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An individual admits to being wrong and is then reprimanded for being clueless. Sounds like someone just wants to be a jerk.
You don't know this knucklehead. Better to keep your mouth shut concerning matters you do not understand.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 08:40 AM   #2225
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Old November 25th, 2011, 04:58 AM   #2226
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Old December 18th, 2011, 03:40 AM   #2227
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Two New Skyscrapers, Otherwise a Modest Future for Union Station

Dec 15, 2011

Last night Amtrak and the Chicago Department of Transportation detailed plans for the future of Chicagoís Union Station.

Union Station is the last of the historic train stations still active in Chicago. On an average weekday, it handles almost 120,000 local, regional, and long-distance Metra and Amtrak passengers. The station is at capacity, yet Metra wants to run 40% more trains into Union Station in the next 30 years, so expansion is imperative.

In recent years, plans have been floated for a massive intermodal transportation hub with new skyscrapers, subways, and high-speed rail at Union Station. But with the global economy currently pining for the fjords, the plan put together by a cavalcade of state, local, and federal agencies is necessarily yawn-inducing.

The biggest changes that people will likely see are on Canal Street, where traffic chaos is nothing new. If you havenít been there lately, itís a life-sized kinetic sculpture made up of honking cab drivers, fanny-packing tourists, lost suburban SUVs, angry CTA buses, clueless commuter coaches, and an increasing number of long-haul gypsy buses disgorging slack-jawed yokels who stop in the middle of the crosswalks to stare at Willis Tower like a sunflower at noon.

The proposed solution is to turn a block of West Jackson Boulevard south of Union Station into a transit center, with three canopied medians and as many as seven bus pick-up lanes.

Also on tap is a plan to eliminate some of the unused baggage platforms in the station concourse. This will allow Amtrak to widen the passenger loading and unloading areas, and also install stairwells to connect Union Stationís concourses directly to the street.

A little further out is a bit of future-proofing for the station. If youíve ever taken a train across the country (and if you havenít I fully recommend it), you know that you canít get from Seattle to New York without changing trains in Chicago. This is part of the cityís legacy as the historic transportation nexus of the nation. But these days, itís mostly an inconvenience. So Amtrak wants to put in a pair of through-tracks on the east side of the station, along the Chicago River. This will let the train company, theoretically, run trains from Oakland, Seattle, and Los Angeles all the way to New York, Washington, and Boston. More likely, however, will be trains that can do a full Midwestern Minneapolis-Milwaukee-Chicago-Detroit-Cleveland run.

How much of what Amtrak and CDOT want to happen depends on money, so their combined wish list has been broken into short, mid-, and long-term goals. The short term projects have been funded. Everything else is up in the air.


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Old February 14th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #2228
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Amtrak able to travel to 110 mph in Indiana, Michigan

February 07, 2012|By Jon Hilkevitch | Tribune reporter

Amtrak passenger trains sped up to 110 mph for the first time Tuesday in western Michigan and northern Indiana on two routes serving Chicago, officials announced.

But the railroad crossings lack safety mechanisms that will be installed on Illinois’ high-speed corridor to prevent vehicle-train collisions.

The faster service, which is the first expansion of regional high-speed trains outside the northeastern U.S., is occurring on about 80 miles of a 97-mile stretch of Amtrak-owned track between Kalamazoo, Mich., and Porter, Ind.

Trains operating on the corridor are the Amtrak Wolverine Service between Pontiac, Mich., and Chicago via Detroit and Ann Arbor, and the Amtrak Blue Water between Port Huron, Mich., and Chicago via East Lansing.

The increase in speed from 95 mph to 110 mph followed the Federal Railroad Administration’s approval of a positive train control system. The technology provides safeguards to override human error and prevent train-to-train collisions, speed-related derailments and accidents caused by track-switching errors or malfunctions, according to the agency.

But the positive train control system installed by Amtrak for the Michigan Department of Transportation does not include vehicle-detection technology to alert train crews about a vehicle stopped on the tracks at a crossing or additional protections, including four-quadrant gates, to prevent vehicles from snaking around lowered crossing gates. It does, however, monitor whether the crossing gates, flashing lights and bells are working, officials said.

Crossings on the system being installed in Illinois on the Chicago-to-St. Louis 110 mph corridor will be outfitted with full four-quadrant gates and an obstacle-intrusion detection system to tell locomotive engineers about vehicles on the tracks with enough advance warning so that the train can stop before the crossing, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Amtrak service at up to 110 mph is scheduled to begin in 2014 on part of the route, IDOT said. The current top speed is 79 mph.

Using a less-robust crossing system not only increases the risk to vehicle drivers and their passengers, but also to the riders aboard high-speed trains involved in a collision at a crossing, experts said.

On Feb. 1 at a crossing near Jackson, Mich., on the eastern end of Michigan’s 110 mph rail corridor, an Amtrak train derailed when it struck a semitrailer truck that was stuck on the tracks. More than 10 people on board the Chicago-bound train were injured.

Federal railroad officials said the Michigan plan meets all regulations and that it is up to each state to decide on “an acceptable level of grade crossing risk.’’

The Federal Railroad Administration “has every confidence in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s and Amtrak’s ability to determine the appropriate safety mechanisms at their grade crossings,’’ said Mike England, a spokesman for the agency.

Michigan rail officials said the safety system they selected on the 110 mph corridor is the most cost-effective while also being safe.

“This was not a decision we made lightly,’’ said Tim Hoeffner, director of the Office of Rail at the Michigan Department of Transportation. “What you put at the crossing is only one component of grade-crossing safety. You also must have police enforcement and the education piece to go along with the engineering.’’

“One of the most important factors is that we are dealing with the railroad in a part of the state where people understand the issues better and have a better grasp that when the flashing lights, bells and gates go on, the train is going to be there quickly and leave quickly,’’ said Hoeffner, who rode aboard the 110 mph service on Tuesday.

Sustained operations at 110 mph on the 80-mile section in Michigan and Indiana will cut 10 minutes off the 95- mph schedules and about 20 minutes off the 79 mph speed that Amtrak trains operated at as recently as 2001, officials said.

Future steps include expanding 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to central and eastern Michigan, officials said.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 07:03 AM   #2229
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What do you think of the new 110mph (177km/h) Amtrak trains in Indiana and Michigan?

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...control-system

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Old February 14th, 2012, 07:21 AM   #2230
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Well, IMHO, incremental upgrades of that sort are the way to go. They are much more cost-effective than diving in head-first on true high-speed while steadily easing the populous back into a rail mindset as a means of short and midrange intercity transport.

Also, Amtrak owns the track in question (one of the very few segments outside of the NEC), so the messing around with the freight carriers that one finds elsewhere will not be a problem here.

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Old February 14th, 2012, 02:46 PM   #2231
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This is an move in the right direction, the most cost effective way to improve service quality.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #2232
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But Amtrak does not have so many opportunities to be implemented elsewhere. With the current economic situation (high gas prices and more and more freight coming from Asia), the freight railways are booming and they don't want to sell much trackage to Amtrak.

Amtrak had an opportunity to buy dirt-cheap track from railways in the late-1990s, but that window of opportunity closed.

There are some possibilites, though. I read UP is all but halting traffic between NM and KS via La Junta (CO). But that is a sparsely populated area, even if Amtrak acquired tracks, there is not much scope for service.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #2233
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Well, considering just how obstinate the freight companies have been, and how little incentive they have to be less so, it still seems to me like the best chance for these sorts of speed-ups to continue would be to just build new trackage. Although of course, in that case, it's no longer an upgrade, and all the benefits of upgrading vs. new construction are lost...sigh.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 01:55 AM   #2234
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I've never known a train where you can take your shoes off to walk around it
Great video. The train seems realllly slooowwwww.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #2235
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The Southwest Chief departing Los Angeles Union Station via a different routing than the Sunset Limited above:



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Old February 29th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #2236
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Valentine's Day 2012 :
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Accident in Cherry Valley in 2009 killed 1 person, injured 7



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Booked Amtrak round trip NYC to Chicago.

will have videos and pics up first week of april.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 11:41 PM   #2238
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Might I be counting more than 3's worth here?
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