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January 2012

Resignations Further Set Back California High-Speed Rail Project

January 13, 2012

Plans for a high-speed rail to span across the state of California, which has already endured much debate and criticism, is facing another setback.  Both the Chief Executive Officer, Roelof van Ark, as well as the board chairman of the project, Tom Umberg, stepped down from their positions Thursday.  Dan Richard, Governor Jerry Brown’s adviser […]

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Former Executive Found Not Guilty Of Negligence In Japan Train Crash

January 11, 2012

Masao Yamazaki, former president of one of Japan’s largest rail operators, was cleared of charges of negligence in the fatal 2005 commuter train crash.  Yamazaki was the rail official in charge of safety for the company in 1996 when it sharpened the curve where the crash occurred 9 years later.  The 2005 accident in the […]

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Metro Plan To Increase Fares Is Expected To Improve Facilities

January 11, 2012

General manager of DC’s Metro, Richard Sarles, plans to introduce a new budget for the next fiscal year.  Complete details will not be disclosed until Sarles presents to the board of directors Thursday, but the new budget will surely enact major changes.  Metro plans to make increases in bus and rail fares, parking rates, and […]

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Drop Your Pants On The Subway?

January 8, 2012

CNN reports subway riders across the world will drop their pants today as part of a global event. The event is listed to occur all over the world on subway trains; and has no political agenda, just a chance to make people laugh. The only requirement, aside from not violating public decency laws is to […]

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Snow Train Returns to Upstate New York

January 7, 2012

As reported by firsttrackonline.com, Upstate New York has witnessed the rebirth of the “Snow Train.”  The Gore Mountain Snow Train, which runs between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, N.Y., has not been in operation since 1942.  The Gore Mountain train service offers scenic passenger rail service to skiers and snowboarders and is accompanied by shuttle […]

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USDOT Awards $186 Million for Midwest High-Speed Rail

January 7, 2012

In a recent press release, it has been announced that U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood has awarded $186 million to be used for high-speed rail in the Midwest.  The money will be given to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in hopes of reducing travel times and creating jobs.  According to Lahood, “the Department of Transportation’s investment […]

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