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PA: Alstom Unveils Final Acela Line Model

Oct. 09--PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Prompted by the growth of high speed service to the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak and Alstom are embarking on a historic contract to expand rail travel at speeds of up to 160 miles per hour. According to Amtrak's

How I learned to love the California high speed rail

An economically transformative project that will alter the state’s future for the better Not long ago, I thought the California bullet train shouldn’t be built. San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours? Who cares? I can fly it in 55 minutes. Show More Summary

High-Speed Rail Study Underway

WSDOT has posted some new information about the high speed rail study funded by the legislature this session to the tune of $300,000. The final report is due on December 15, just three months from now.  Five “conceptual corridors” will be studied between Vancouver and Portland. The team of consultants is led by CH2M and includes […]

PA: Trains Crashed at 69th Street Despite Safety Protections

An automated safety system would have been active in the rail terminal where one Norristown High Speed Line train struck another last week, but its effectiveness may have been limited by the conditions at the end of a line, SEPTA officials said Tuesday.

HS2 seeks construction teams for London stations

High Speed Two (HS2), the company responsible for the development of the UK's high-speed rail network, has launched a bidding process for construction teams to assist in the delivery of new stations at Euston and Old Oak Common in London.

Jacobs Engineering wins role in Kuala Lumpur to Singapore high-speed rail project

US-based Jacobs Engineering Group has secured the Reference Design Consultant (RDC) role for the Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail project (KL-SG HSR), which is currently under construction.

UK's National College for High Speed Rail receives refurbished power car

Alstom and Eurostar have donated a refurbished power car to the Doncaster campus of the UK's National College for High Speed Rail, following the train's retirement from service.

Seattle-Vancouver High Speed Rail Part 4: Terminals

Last week, I covered part 3 in the series about Seattle-Vancouver high-speed rail, covering the Bellingham-Vancouver segment; the first two parts, by Zach Shaner, covered Seattle-Everett and Everett-Bellingham. This piece, the last part, covers the possibilities for suburban stations. Show More Summary

California bullet train chief executive is still on the state payroll — two months after his exit date

California bullet train chief executive Jeff Morales announced in April that he would be leaving June 2, after five years running the nation’s largest infrastructure project. But in the four months since, the high speed rail board has not taken any public action to replace him. In fact, Morales...

California bullet train chief executive is still on the state payroll — two months after his exit date

California bullet train chief executive Jeff Morales announced in April that he would be leaving June 2, after five years running the nation’s largest infrastructure project. But in the four months since, the high speed rail board has not taken any public action to replace him. In fact, Morales...

Seattle-Vancouver High Speed Rail Part 3: Bellingham to Vancouver

[Readers have been asking about our 4-part series on Seattle-Vancouver high speed rail.  With Zach moving on to new adventures, we’ve asked Alon Levy of the excellent blog Pedestrian Observations to finish out the series.  Enjoy part 3 below. – Ed.] Seattle Transit Blog has looked at special challenges involved in high-speed rail in the […]

California high speed rail likely to face more environmental challenges after high court ruling

California’s high-speed train project is likely to continue to be buffeted by environmental challenges as a result of a decision by the state’s top court. In a 6-1 ruling last week written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the California Supreme Court decided that federal rail law does not...

Stockholm Syndromed CA GOP Partners With Jerry Brown to Continue Funding High Speed Rail

While DC tells the left to pound sand, CA GOP says to them, "Thank you, ma'am, may I have another?" The post Stockholm Syndromed CA GOP Partners With Jerry Brown to Continue Funding High Speed Rail appeared first on RedState.

Cap-And-Trade Extension A Lifeline For High Speed Rail

As Cara posted, the California Legislature scored a super-majority victory last night to extend the state’s signature cap-and-trade program through 2030. It was a rare bipartisan vote, although it leaned mostly on Democrats. Lost in the politics is what this means for high speed rail. The system has a fixed and dwindling amount of federal […]

Two missing but vital factors in High Speed Rail reporting in Australia

Why we need to get 'real' about high speed rail in Australia The post Two missing but vital factors in High Speed Rail reporting in Australia appeared first on Plane Talking.

Two Eurostar Power Cars Built by Alstom to be Donated to National College for High Speed Rail

Alstom is working with Eurostar to support the donation of two Eurostar power cars to the National College for High Speed Rail.

Elon Musk is talking to Rahm Emanuel about digging a tunnel under Chicago

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel talked to Elon Musk about possible plans for digging high speed rail line in Chicago.

France wants to put driverless 'drone trains' on tracks by 2023

France's state-run railway operator SNCF is working to develop driverless high-speed trains for its national rail system, effectively putting "drone trains" on the tracks. The conductor-free TGVs (the French acronym for high speed trains)...Show More Summary

Diridon Station and More Notes from French High Speed Rail

There are a couple of pieces of interest that have come out in the last week talking about high speed rail and TOD at Diridon. Google is getting involved and SPUR is making case studies on main rail station revitalizations the centerpiece...Show More Summary

Help wanted: chief executive officer for California high speed rail project. Pays well but may include sleepless nights

The pressure is on board members at the California High-Speed Rail Authority to replace their chief executive officer, who left his job Friday. Jeff Morales notified the board and Gov. Jerry Brown in April that he would be leaving, though rumors of his departure were widespread late last year....

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