Topic : high speed rail

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Spain train driver 'on phone' with Renfe at time of crash

Rail| July 30, 2013

The train was travelling 95mph when the driver, Francisco Jose Garzon Amo was speaking to members of staff at the state-owned railway company, Renfe.

Spain train derailment, driver detained

Rail| July 26, 2013

CBS News report on the train derailment in northern Spain, which killed 78 people and injured dozens of other passengers.

Rail| July 25, 2013

Update: Spain derailment death toll rises to 80, investigations launched

The number of fatalities is up from 56. Driver error is being considered as a possible cause of the train jumping off the tracks at high speed.
Government Issues| July 17, 2013

Feds halt review of $5.5B loan for Vegas-to-Calif. HSR

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis) have both raised concerns about the project. Their staffs were told that there are still “serious issues” with the application and “significant uncertainties” about the project.
Rail| June 26, 2013

Calif.-to-Vegas train in negotiations for new station

Las Vegas Railway Express selects the City of North Las Vegas for the new train station that will serve passengers traveling on the route between Southern California and Las Vegas. The X Train has been in development for the past several years.
Rail| May 8, 2013

CHSRA under fire for bidding criteria changes

Critics said they could harm the quality of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco high-speed rail project. The agency tentatively selected a team to build a segment of track even though it had the lowest technical score. The team had the lowest-cost bid, at just under $1 billion.
Rail| May 1, 2013

High-speed rail security addressed in new report

Draws upon empirical data from proprietary database of terrorist and serious criminal attacks against public surface transportation and from reviews of selected HSR systems, including onsite observations.
Rail| April 10, 2013

Calif. HSRA extends consulting contracts for $50M

Extensions were needed because of delays. The expense was anticipated and budgeted according to guidelines approved by voters under Proposition 1A, project officials said.
Rail| April 10, 2013

Plans progress for Minn. HSR

The project manager of Northern Lights Express, a proposed high-speed rail line connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, led an environmental assessment open house and said the project is gaining traction.
Rail| March 27, 2013

Study: HSR improves quality of urban life

Public policy and economics experts from UCLA and China’s Tsinghua University found that high-speed rail fuels real estate booms, reduces commuting times for those traveling to big cities, eases congestion in those cities and gives smaller towns more access to metropolitan hubs.

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