Amtrak Pays $2 Million to Passengers With Disabilities Who Faced Obstacles at Stations

Under a settlement agreement, the railroad will also overhaul 135 train stations to make them accessible to all.

#americans-with-disabilities-act, #amtrak, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #disabilities, #discrimination, #justice-department, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

Billions in Amtrak Funding Could Modernize Aging Rail System

The $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Biden signed into law includes money that Amtrak hopes can fix crumbling bridges and tunnels along the Northeast Corridor.

#amtrak, #bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #railroads

Deals Reached on 3 Major NYC Transportation Projects

Elected officials announced deals on funding of a new international terminal at Kennedy Airport and improvements to commuter train service.

#airports, #cotton-rick, #hochul-kathleen-c, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #long-island-rail-road-co, #manhattan-nyc, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey, #railroads, #regional-plan-assn, #schumer-charles-e

Biden Says His Infrastructure Law Is a ‘Big Deal.’ How Big?

$550 billion for new spending is big, but many say America’s infrastructure needs are even bigger.

#airports, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #debatable, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lead, #railroads, #water, #water-pollution

Inside the Struggle to Save Bulgaria’s Last Narrow-Gauge Railroad

The Rhodope Narrow-Gauge Railway serves remote communities in southwestern Bulgaria. Can longtime riders — and young enthusiasts — keep it running?

#bulgaria, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #travel-and-vacations

This Is Where the States Want Billions in Infrastructure Funding Spent

The plan finally approved on Friday will address transportation, water, broadband, energy and public safety needs that have been building for years, sometimes decades.

#alaska, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-aid-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #law-and-legislation, #new-jersey, #railroads, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Global Shipping Delays Loom Over Retailers for the Holidays

The travails of a Chicago fishing company’s advent calendar highlight the supply chain hurdles for businesses trying to deliver items in time for the holidays.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #california, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #railroads, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking, #union-pacific-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

Discovery of Marijuana Preceded Deadly Tucson Shooting, U.S. Says

Investigators say they found more than five pounds of marijuana and 50 packages of edibles before one of the suspects opened fire on federal agents in Tucson, Ariz.

#amtrak, #arizona, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #marijuana, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #tucson-ariz

D.E.A. Agent Is Killed in Shooting at Arizona Amtrak Station

A second agent and a Tucson police officer were wounded in the chaotic shooting, a City Council member said. Amtrak said 137 passengers and 11 crew members were safely evacuated from a train.

#amtrak, #attacks-on-police, #drug-enforcement-administration, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #tucson-ariz

Couple Celebrating 50th Anniversary Died in Amtrak Derailment

Donald and Marjorie Varnadoe of Georgia were traveling cross-country when a train derailed in Montana on Saturday. Zach Schneider, a computer scientist from Illinois, also was killed.

#amtrak, #bnsf-railway, #deaths-fatalities, #joplin-mont, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads, #schneider-zach-1992-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #varnadoe-donald-1947-2021, #varnadoe-marjorie-1949-2021

The Cause of the Derailed Amtrak Train Remains Unclear

Five were still hospitalized on Sunday following the crash in Montana that killed three passengers.

#amtrak, #montana, #railroads, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Amtrak Derailment: At Least 50 Hurt in Montana, Official Says

The derailment, involving five cars of the Empire Builder train, happened near Joplin, Mont., on Saturday afternoon.

#amtrak, #derailment, #joplin-montana, #montana, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads, #rescues, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

How Biden’s Economic Executive Order Aims to Improve Travel

In July, President Biden issued an executive order that included a call to make consumer-friendly changes in the travel industry. We asked experts to weigh in on the prospects for change.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #consumer-protection, #railroads, #rebates-and-refunds, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy

Kansas City Southern Chooses Suitor in Bid for North American Rail Link

After the merger with Canadian Pacific, the railroad will connect Canada, the United States and Mexico.

#canadian-national-railway-company, #canadian-pacific-railway-ltd, #kansas-city-southern, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #railroads, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Here’s What Train Service Looks Like in NY After Ida’s Damaging Floods

The majority of the city’s subway lines had delays Friday morning, while the area’s airports appeared to be running smoothly.

#airports, #amtrak, #buses, #delays-transportation, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #railroads, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #subways, #transit-systems

Bob Diamond, the ‘Tunnel King’ of Brooklyn, Dies at 61

First he discovered a long-forgotten rail tunnel. Then he spent decades trying — in vain — to revive Brooklyn’s trolley system.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #brooklyn-nyc, #cable-cars-and-trams, #deaths-obituaries, #diamond-robert-s-1959, #long-island-rail-road-co, #railroads

An Obstacle to Amtrak Expansion That Money Won’t Solve

Amtrak and freight rail companies have long clashed over the use of railroad tracks, a dispute that is now playing out along the Gulf Coast, where the agency is seeking to restore service.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #csx-corporation, #delays-transportation, #freight-cargo, #gulf-coast-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #norfolk-southern-corporation, #railroads, #surface-transportation-board, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tom Lin Makes His Debut With ‘The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu’

Tom Lin is making his debut with “The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu,” a novel that has drawn comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and “True Grit.”

#asian-americans, #books-and-literature, #california, #china, #chinese-americans, #content-type-personal-profile, #four-treasures-of-the-sky-book, #how-much-of-these-hills-is-gold-book, #inland-book, #lin-tom, #north-anna-author, #obreht-tea, #outlawed-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #railroads, #the-thousand-crimes-of-ming-tsu-book, #western-states-us, #writing-and-writers, #zhang-c-pam, #zhang-jenny-tinghui

Gateway Tunnel Between New York and New Jersey Gains Federal Support

After four years of stalling by the Trump administration, officials in Washington approved the $11.6 billion project for federal funding.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #bridges-and-tunnels, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #coscia-anthony-r, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #transportation

Train Collision in Malaysia Injures Over 200 People

A light rail train carrying passengers in Kuala Lumpur collided in a tunnel with an empty train on a test run. Officials promised a full investigation.

#kuala-lumpur-malaysia, #malaysia, #muhyiddin-yassin, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads

No Scrum for Seats. No Quiet-Car Brawls. Is This Really My Commute?

The pandemic has made New Jersey Transit unrecognizable.

#commuting, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-transit, #railroads, #transit-systems

To Save Penn Station, New York Wants to Build 10 Skyscrapers

The state says revenue from the new towers can finance the rebuilding of the rail terminal. But the pandemic has upended the need for office space.

#34th-street-partnership, #amtrak, #brewer-gale-a, #de-blasio-bill, #eminent-domain, #empire-state-building-manhattan-ny, #empire-state-development-corp, #infrastructure-public-works, #madison-square-garden, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #real-estate-commercial, #shopping-and-retail, #stations-and-terminals-passenger, #subways, #vornado-realty-trust

Train Crash in Egypt Kills at Least 11

In a country known for poorly maintained equipment and mismanagement, a deadly accident north of Cairo adds to the trauma.

#egypt, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads

You Can Hear the Whistle Blow a Hundred Miles

Just the possibility of riding trains again has me humming folk songs.

#folk-music, #infrastructure-public-works, #railroads, #transit-systems

They Survived Taiwan’s Train Crash. Their Loved Ones Did Not.

A woman lost her husband and their two children, who were athletes at a university. A man held his 5-year-old daughter in his arms in the minutes before she died.

#accidents-and-safety, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads, #taiwan

Trains Collide in Egypt, Killing at Least 32

The national rail authority said “unknown actors” had engaged brakes on one train, which was hit by another behind it. The country’s railways have been plagued by poor maintenance and mismanagement.

#deaths-fatalities, #egypt, #railroad-accidents-and-safety, #railroads, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Your Daylight Saving Time Questions Answered

A group of U.S. senators has joined the ranks of those who want to abolish daylight saving time, which has roots in cost-cutting strategies of the late 19th century.

#arizona, #daylight-saving-time, #electric-light-and-power, #florida, #hawaii, #railroads, #states-us, #united-states-chamber-of-commerce

Amtrak Wants to Expand Across the Nation. Local Politics Might Intervene.

Extending nationwide service has been an elusive goal for Amtrak. Since 1971 — when the publicly funded, privately operated rail agency was created — routes have largely remained unchanged.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #csx-corporation, #freight-cargo, #high-speed-rail-projects, #norfolk-southern-corporation, #railroads, #transportation, #transportation-department-us

Modern Love: I Wanted to Love Her, Not Save Her

The first time we spoke, she was so weak she had collapsed. Why did that not alarm me?

#anorexia-nervosa, #eating-disorders, #kissing, #love-emotion, #railroads

5 Things N.Y.C. Wants From Biden to Transform Transportation

Transit agencies pummeled by the pandemic are pushing the new administration to fund projects stalled in the Trump years.

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Deactivation of Flash cripples Chinese railroad for a day

Passengers pulling luggage ring a squat concrete terminal.

Enlarge / Dalian Railway Station. (credit: akiradhin / Wikipedia)

In 2017, Adobe announced it would deactivate Flash at the end of 2020. Earlier this month, on January 12, Adobe carried through on its plans, deactivating Flash installations around the world. One result, according to Apple Daily, was chaos in a Chinese railroad in Liaoning province.

Officials at China Railway Shenyang use Flash-based software to plan each day’s railroad operations. As a result of the outage, Apple Daily says, “staffers were reportedly unable to view train operation diagrams, formulate train sequencing schedules, and arrange shunting plans.”

As a result, the railroad was unable to dispatch its trains, “leading to a complete shutdown of its railroads in Dalian, Liaoning province,” according to Apple Daily.

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#adobe-flash, #china, #policy, #railroads

In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails

The North Coast Hiawatha hasn’t run through Montana since 1979. Now cities like Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula are hoping that “Amtrak Joe” will help fund new rail service.

#amtrak, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #infrastructure-public-works, #montana, #railroads, #rural-areas, #transit-systems

Millipede Swarms Once Stopped Japanese Trains in Their Tracks

A team of scientists say they have figured out the cicada-like life cycles of the many-legged arthropods.

#animal-behavior, #arthropods, #cicadas-insects, #insects, #japan, #millipedes, #railroads, #reproduction-biological, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #seasons-and-months, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.

A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has gifted the city with a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.

#amtrak, #architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #cuomo-andrew-m, #farley-james-a-general-post-office-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #moynihan-train-hall, #new-york-city, #pennsylvania-station-manhattan-ny, #railroads, #skidmore-owingsmerrill, #stations-and-terminals-passenger

Who Takes the Eurostar? Almost No One, as the Pandemic Fuels a Rail Crisis

A plunge in ridership at the international high-speed train mirrors wider troubles gripping Europe’s railway industry.

#channel-tunnel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #eurostar, #great-britain, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #railroads, #sncf-societe-nationale-des-chemins-de-fer-francais, #travel-and-vacations

Gunman Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2015 Attack on Paris-Bound Train

The trial of the main assailant, Ayoub El Khazzani, and three accomplices provided a rare opportunity for prosecutors to delve into the operations of the Islamic State in Europe.

#abaaoud-abdelhamid, #bakkali-mohamed, #france, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #khazzani-ayoub-el, #railroads, #sadler-anthony-r-jr, #skarlatos-alek-1992, #stone-spencer

The Virus Trains: How Lockdown Chaos Spread Covid-19 Across India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coronavirus restrictions sent migrant workers fleeing. To get them home, the government offered special trains. But the trains would spread the virus across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #india, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #modi-narendra, #odisha-india, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #railroads, #rural-areas

2 Women Charged With Train Terror Near Canadian Border

Ellen Brennan Reiche, 23, and Samantha Frances Brooks, 27, were accused of tampering with train tracks to disrupt signals and possibly cause derailments, according to a criminal complaint.

#bellingham-wash, #bnsf-railway, #british-columbia-canada, #indigenous-people, #natural-gas, #pipelines, #railroads, #terrorism

Help! I’d Like to Ride the Train. Is it Safe?

Our columnist finds that rail companies, both regional systems and Amtrak, are undertaking major coronavirus efforts. But they can’t thoroughly disinfect every seat in every train at every station.

#amtrak, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #george-washington-university, #long-island-rail-road-co, #metro-north-commuter-railroad, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #railroads, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations

Biden Tours Ohio and Pennsylvania, Aiming to Win Back Trump Voters

A day after a turbulent debate, Joe Biden embarked on an old-fashioned train tour to cities where the president won over working-class white voters four years ago.

#alliance-ohio, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #railroads, #trump-donald-j

Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

#freedom-of-religion, #railroads, #russia, #russian-orthodox-church, #siberia, #stalin-joseph, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #weather, #wood-and-wood-products

Amtrak Will Furlough Over 2,000 Workers Because of the Coronavirus

The job cuts come as the rail agency’s response to fiscal challenges receives scrutiny from rail advocates and federal lawmakers.

#amtrak, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #house-of-representatives, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #railroads, #stimulus-economic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

China Tries Its Favorite Economic Cure: More Construction

Strong sales at China’s biggest construction equipment maker show Beijing’s strategy for recovery after the virus. But while the company, XCMG, is prospering, the rest of the economy is struggling.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #high-speed-rail-projects, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-trade-and-world-market, #local-government, #machinery-and-equipment, #railroads, #xi-jinping, #xuzhou-china, #xuzhou-construction-machinery-group

White House Warns Against Chinese Investment, Citing Risk of Further Sanctions

Economic and security officials warned a federal fund against putting retirement savings in China at “a time of mounting uncertainty” for the relationship.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-investments, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #railroads, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Commuting, and Confronting History, on a Remote Canadian Railway

The Tshiuetin line, the first railroad in North America owned and operated by First Nations people, is a symbol of reclamation and defiance for the communities it serves.

#indigenous-people, #photography, #quebec-province-canada, #railroads

Critics Fear Amtrak Is Using Pandemic to Cut Service That Won’t Return

Members of Congress are angry that the rail agency is asking for more money while planning to lay off staff and reduce services. Smaller communities that rely on rail service could be badly hurt.

#amtrak, #anderson-richard-h, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daines-steve, #federal-aid-us, #flynn-william-j-jr, #northeastern-states-us, #railroads, #transit-systems

Hospital Ship Headed to New York as Virus Count Spikes: Live Updates

Midway through a grim week, the virus continues to spread quickly.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #railroads, #subways

More Trouble Ahead for N.J. Commuters

Amtrak’s plan to repair its century-old Hudson River tunnels could mean big delays.

#amtrak, #archive-of-contemporary-music, #archives-and-records, #bridges-and-tunnels, #commuting, #george-bob, #music, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #railroads, #transit-systems