On January 6th New York Governor Cuomo presented a plan to transform Penn Station and the adjacent Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub. The project is being called the Empire Station Complex and is estimated to cost $3 billion.
Over the years many proposals have been put forth that would transform Penn Station but little progress has been made. Development has been stagnant this past decade due to the logistical nightmare of moving Madison Square Garden, which sits on top of Penn Station.
China recently opened Futian Station, which became the second largest underground railway station in the world! Located just North of Hong Kong in downtown Shenzhen, Futian is the latest achievement along China’s rail network.
Futian Station is the size of 21 football fields, has 8 high-speed platforms and is served by local metro lines with provisions for a future airport rail link. The station began service with 11 daily trips to Guangzhou South on December 29th.
As part of their duty to uphold section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has invited public comment on two recent proposals. These proposals introduce revised definitions and policy guidance for passenger train on-time performance and preference over freight trains.
It’s the holiday season and people are traveling to see their loved ones. Like us, you know there is no better way to travel than riding the train.
You can enjoy a comfortable trip without the hassle of airport security or highway traffic and make it home in time for the holidays! In recent years train travel has become even more popular and Amtrak has had to increase trips during the holidays to meet the demand. Studies have shown less people are driving and more rely on public transportation options for their inter and intra city travel needs.
Greetings! I am a member of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) and recently joined the Association’s Board of Directors. I would like to share with you why I contribute to MHSRA and what the Association means to me personally.
This past week I spoke at the US High Speed Rail Conference in Los Angeles, giving me the opportunity to see the progress made on the first true high-speed line in the United States.
In a recent study by the American Highway Users Alliance, Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway was found to have the worst congestion in the country. The 12-mile stretch of expressway connects Downtown Chicago and the Northwest suburbs. It is used daily by commuters and is full of travelers leaving and heading to O’Hare airport.
Tuesday afternoon brought news from Congress as the Conference Committee reached a deal on the long-term Highway and Surface Transportation Bill.
Now that the bill has been finalized, it is expected to move through the House and Senate by the end of the week. However, if the bill does not reach President Obama’s desk before the Dec. 4 deadline, a short-term patch will be necessary.
China’s newest high-speed train has been approved to begin passenger service next month on the Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed line. The 250km/h trains will travel at altitudes as high as 3600m above sea level and are equipped to operate in extreme weather ranging from ice storms to sand storms.
Written by MHSRA member and All Aboard Indiana Editor Donald Yehle: